Border agents in Calgary seize $38K from man bound for Middle East

CALGARY ─ Canadian border agents have seized $38,000 at the Calgary International Airport they say was bound for the Middle East and possible terrorist use.

On Jan. 15, Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officials interviewed a traveller on his way to the Middle East who said he was carrying $9,000 in cash.

Upon further inspection, CBSA staff found $18,060 in his carry-on luggage and jacket and an additional $20,000 in his checked bags, agency spokeswoman Lisa White said.

It was seized due to its ability “to potentially finance organized crime or terrorist activity,” she said.

The cash was all in $20 Canadian currency.