CHICAGO (AP) -
Customs officers seized a cache of jewelry from an alleged smuggler worth
nearly $700,000 at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.
The U.S. Customs
and Border Protection agency announced the seizure Friday, noting that the
American citizen who failed to declare the items now faces a penalty of up
to the jewelry’s domestic value.
The 65-year-old man
arrived at O’Hare on Thursday from Paris via a flight from London. He
claimed nothing on his written declaration and told customs officers he
hadn’t purchased anything on his trip.
examining his baggage found receipts and boxes of what looked like
high-quality jewelry. Other jewelry items were in clothing pockets in his
say if the passenger had declared the items he would have paid about $30,000