Costa Rica News – A foreigner tried to leave the country with $155,000 hidden in a carry on bag. He was intending to travel to the Dominican Republic but must now answer to the Public Ministry for the crime of money laundering.
The man, Carmelo, is a Spaniard of 42-years-old. The man was apprehended with the equivalent of ¢88 million. This happened on Monday at the Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela.
He was walking nervously through the airport which drew the attention of agents who then brought him to a seperate area to check his hand luggage. They found bundles of bills inside a security bag.
The total unreported cash one can carry in the airport is $10,000. The arrest was made by officers of the Air Surveillance Service and the Legitimization of Capital section of the Judicial Investigation Agency.
The man was transferred to the Prosecutor’s Office of Alajuela. The maximum penalty for money laundering is 20 years.
I am betting he might as well stay in jail as the sportsbook he was most likely doing this for will end him when he gets out.