Customs agents and Los Angeles police today searched for a man whose attempt to move more than $1.9 million in cash from Los Angeles to Zurich, Switzerland, was foiled by an alert airline ticket agent.
The man slipped out of a Los Angeles International Airport terminal Thursday afternoon as the Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad used small charges to open three suitcases, revealing $1,956,000 in U.S. currency--mostly $20 and $100 bills.
"Any time someone is trying to move that much cash, it usually comes from drug transactions," said Lt. Dan Cooke, police spokesman. "We can only assume that at this point, and so the investigation continues."
In addition to the possibility of narcotics involvement, the suspect violated federal law by failing to report currency transfers of more than $10,000 leaving the country, said U.S. Customs spokesman John Miller.