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Canadian jailed from Cancun International after Customs finds $300,000

Cancun, Q.R. — A Canadian man remains jailed in Cancun after being found in possession of large amounts of unclaimed money. The man was arrested from Terminal 4 of the Cancun International Airport on Friday after Customs located more than $300,000.

While going through airport luggage scans, officers from the National Customs Agency of Mexico (ANAM) located 238 cheques. Totaled, the cheques came to more than $300,000. The man in possession of the cheques did not claim the money.

Elements of National Guard took him into custody from the “nothing to declare” line inside the airport.

In a Guardia Nacional (GN) statement, they reported “members of the National Guard (GN) and the National Customs Agency of Mexico (ANAM) arrested a foreigner in possession of 238 checks for more than 300,000 dollars that did not have the corresponding declaration before the Tax Administration Service (SAT).”

The man, a Canadian national, had arrived on a flight from Toronto. Upon his arrival, he entered the “nothing to declare” line, the GN reported.

Since cheques are issued by banks, they are treated the same as cash. Photo: Guardia Nacional November 17, 2023.

“The person identified himself with a passport issued by the Canadian government and upon inspecting his luggage, they noticed an envelope containing several checks which exceeded $10,000 USD, for which he was informed that he violated Article 9 of the Customs Law.

A count of the collectible documents was carried out with a total of 238 checks for more than $300,000 dollars, equivalent to approximately 5.4 million pesos. Since he did not have the corresponding statement before the Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT) he was detained, they reported in a statement.