SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Friday the 06th of December 2019, during a routine check of the motor vessel Sea Hustler from St Kitts in the early morning hours, the border experts of the Customs Department encountered an undeclared amount of money totaling EC 21,255 and USD 10,838, the law enforcement body reported on Friday in a statement.
The money was found in several envelopes in the possession of a crewmember of the aforementioned vessel.
The money was initially confiscated, and the crewmember was interrogated. After the Customs officers determined that there was no ground to suspect the crewmember of money laundering, they contacted the Public Prosecutor.
The Public Prosecutor gave the crewmember a fine for not declaring the money to Customs upon his entry to Sint Maarten, the crewmember opted to pay the fine on the spot. The remainder of the money was returned to the crewmember after which he was allowed to go free.
The Customs department wishes to alert the public that any monetary instrument, jewelry and valuables with a value equivalent to or exceeding US$14,000 either entering or leaving Dutch Sint Maarten should be declared to Customs. Failure to do so may result in a monetary fine, confiscation of funds or prosecution.