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Officers seize $4.6M in counterfeit US currency at airport

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2016 | 2:00 AM

Officers seize $4.6M in counterfeit US currency at airport

MICHIGAN, (AP):

Authorities said they seized more than $4.6 million in counterfeit US currency at Detroit Metropolitan Airport from a couple traveling into the country.

US Customs and Border Protection said that its officers on Friday examined bags from a married Vietnamese couple after they arrived at the airport in Romulus on a flight from Seoul, South Korea.

Officers found 93 bundles of counterfeit $100 bills and 32 bundles of Vietnamese currency that the agency said were intended to be burned as part of an offering to the deceased.

Federal officials said it's illegal to import counterfeit currency, regardless of the intended purpose.