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Trinidad man jailed for undeclared cash at Kingston airport

Published:Sunday | November 2, 2014 | 10:16 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov. 2, CMC - A Trinidadian man who failed to declare US$45,000 at the Norman Manley International Airport has been sentenced.



The Financial Investigation Division (FID) says Kevin Anthony Dyer,29, an apprentice Custom Clerk from Chaguanas, pleaded guilty and was fined or sentenced to three months imprisonment for failure to declare the money.



According to the FID, officers of the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division intercepted Dyer last Tuesday as he was about to check in to board a Caribbean Airlines flight destined for the twin island republic.



A preliminary interview was conducted with Dyer during which he indicated to the police that he only had US$2,000 in his possession.



A suitcase which he had was searched and the US$45,000 found. The Trinidadian indicated that he won the money at a recent sound system clash in the southern parish of St. Elizabeth.



The cash was seized and he was charged with failure to declare under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Meanwhile, FID is conducting a separate cash seizure investigation regarding the case and an application will be made for the forfeiture of the cash.



Acting Chief Technical Director of the FID, Albert Stephens, says in keeping with the Proceeds of Crime Act, anyone who transports more than US$10,000 in or out of the country must declare it.



The declaration should be made to the FID before the person enters or leaves Jamaica.



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