US national held for P2-M luggage

Published July 7, 2020, 1:09 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ariel Fernandez

A departing American national  was intercepted at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 for carrying more than P2 million prior to boarding a China airline going to Taipei.

The US citizen  was identified as  Steven Mychal De La Garza, 58 years old.

Based on the report of Customs Officer Lorenzo Supremo Jr,  on September 10, 2017, the office of Transportation Security (OTS) alerted him  that one black luggage at the final check counter  was screened for presence of bundles of currencies.

At the rigid inspection of the luggage, it was discovered it had one thousand bills and five hundreds bills, amounting to two million five hundred twenty eight thousand pesos (P2,528,000).

The money was  confiscated by the Bureau Of Customs. Under the Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas  (BSP) Circular No. 922 Series of 2016 Section 4 ,a  passenger   is  entitled to bring out the limited amount Php 50,000.00);any excess  is prohibited unless a permit  is issued by the BSP.

Customs Officer Supremo said the passenger claimed  that the money  was intended for his plan to buy  a  property but  that the purchase did not materialize.