Honduras Intercepts $7 Million in Smuggled Cash

November 1, 2010

TEGUCIGALPA – Honduran authorities arrested 15 foreign nationals found trying to smuggle nearly $7 million in cash onto a flight bound for Panama, Deputy Security Minister Armando Calidonio told the press.
The smugglers were detained early Sunday at the international airport in the northern city of San Pedro Sula.

Security Minister Oscar Alvarez described the 15 people in custody as “Panamanians, Costa Ricans, and Guatemalans, and there are South Americans.”

The undeclared cash was found inside secret compartments in the suspects’ luggage.

Sunday’s seizure brought to roughly $13.3 million the amount of money confiscated this year at San Pedro Sula airport from travelers on their way to Panama or Colombia.

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