Customs Department to take over alleged money laundering incident

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The Custom and Excise Division will be taking over the investigation into an alleged case of money laundering involving a male and a female who were intercepted at the VC Bird International Airport last Friday evening.
Lev Josiah of Paynters and Erica Thomas of Mount Joy were arrested by police and taken into custody.
They were intercepted by Airport Security, with over US $20,000 and almost EC $3,000 in their possession. The monies were seized and the matter handed over to the Customs department and the police.
Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Inspector Frankie Thomas told OBSERVER media yesterday that Erica Thomas was released pending further investigations, while Josiah remains in custody and will have to answer to the comptroller of Customs today. 
Airport Security was conducting one of their routine security checks when they found Josiah with over US $18,000 and EC $785.
Thomas, on the other hand, was caught with the lesser amount, of over US $2,000 and EC $1750.
The two were booked to travel to St Maarten.

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