Delta Air Lines Employee Arrested with $280K in Undeclared Currency
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On Saturday, a Delta Air Lines employee was arrested at the Palm Beach International Airport after he was found with over $280,000 hidden in a backpack.
According to Jorge Milian of the Palm Beach Post, airport security stopped Jean Yves Selius of Boynton Beach, Florida, when he made his way through security checkpoints by using his employee badge.
When officers stopped him and searched his bag, they discovered $282,400, which Selius said he was supposed to hand over to a passenger in an airport bathroom. The money was wrapped in clear, vacuum-sealed bundles inside the bag.
After discovering the money, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrived on the scene with a drug-sniffing dog that detected the odor of drugs, indicating the cash had made contact with controlled substances.
Once in custody, Selius told police that he was told by two men to drop off the money in a bathroom to be transported to New York’s LaGuardia Airport. The drop-offs have been going on for about a year, and Selius earned around $3,900 for four previous deliveries.
Selius faces illegal money transmitting charges and will remain in prison until his hearing this week. The charges carry a penalty of up to five years of prison time and a possible deportation.
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