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PHL customs officials seize $27,000 from travelers

Philadelphia International Airport. (File Photo / Staff)
Philadelphia International Airport. (File Photo / Staff)

Customs officials at Philadelphia International Airport say they seized over $27,000 from a father and son who didn't declare all the cash they were carrying.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a release Tuesday that the money was seized on Dec. 27 at the airport. The unidentified Israeli citizens arrived from Cancun, Mexico and allegedly told Customs officers that they had only about $6,000 in cash.

But an investigation revealed that the men were carrying a total of $27,648 in U.S. dollars or Israeli shekels. The men weren't charged, but officials seized the currency because they failed to comply with reporting laws.

There's no limit to how much currency travelers can bring into or take out of the country, but they must report amounts of $10,000 or more.

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