Venezuelan held at Piarco Int'l Airport with US$40,000
A Venezuelan, who has been residing in Trinidad and Tobago for the past 15 years, was held by authorities at the Piarco International Airport after US$40,000 was found on his person.
According to police reports, Arjuna Gabriel Martin Aguilera, 20, of Circular Street, Princes Town, arrived on a flight from Curacao on May 14, 2019.
Aguilera went to the Customs checkpoint and declared US$20,000 upon arrival.
However, authorities made a search of his suitcase in his presence and found another white envelope containing US$10,000 and another envelope containing US$10,000 in a pocket of his suitcase.
In addition, officials said two separate amounts of US$10,000 were each found wrapped in a pair of pants, amounting to a total of US$40,000.
Aguilera was charged and is expected to appear before the courts in due course.
More as this story is updated.
Under the Customs and Excise Act, all arrivals and departures must declare to a customs officer whether they are carrying in excess of US$5,000 or TT$20,000.