There is no legal limit to how much money you can carry into the U.S. But amounts greater than $10,000 must be declared. And making false statements of material fact to CBP is a crime.
On Oct. 28, Ashan Beazer reportedly declared he had $50 when arriving at the Edward Wilmoth Blyden IV Marine Terminal, but CBP officers found $9,743 in cash in his luggage. Beazer was charged with making false statements to CBP.
Also on Oct. 28, Deondre Ward reportedly declared $2,000 at the ferry but when he was boarding a flight from St. Thomas to Miami, CBP found $8,548 in cash and charged him with making false statements.
On Oct. 29, Khmarley Mombelli reportedly declared $4,000 at the ferry but CBP found $10,286 on him at the airport when boarding a flight to Miami. Mombelli was charged both with false statements and concealing more than $10,000.
There were two other arrest for undeclared cash in October.
Akil Erickson was busted Oct. 8 smuggling $50,000 into the U.S., violating reporting requirements. He was caught when CBP inspected his luggage after he arrived from Tortola by ferry.
Mikiel Robin was busted Oct. 9, smuggling $38,000 in U.S. dollars in his luggage while trying to board a flight from St. Thomas to Orlando, Florida, law enforcement officials said. Officers said Robin told them he brought the money over with him on the Tortola ferry on Oct. 8.