Plastic rolls containing US dollar notes worth a total of $90,000 were found in a woman's suitcase at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo released by HCMC Customs Department
Customs officers at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City said Thursday they have seized US$90,000 in undeclared dollar bills from a Vietnamese woman who flew in from South Korea.
The 32-year-old woman had disembarked at 11 p.m. Tuesday when officers found her “suspicious” and checked her luggage.
They found a large number of plastic rolls containing the money hidden in a suitcase.
They said the money has been confiscated pending investigations.
US dollar notes inside the plastic rolls
A person bringing in foreign currency exceeding $5,000 must make a declaration.
Smuggling in goods or currency worth above VND500 million ($22,247) carries a 10-year jail sentence.
On October 30 a court in the southern province of Tay Ninh near HCMC sentenced a Chinese man to two years in prison for bringing into the country $30,900 without declaration last August.