Maine Cash Seizure May be Tip of Iceberg 

(AP) – Federal officials say the recent discovery of $1.5 million in cash in the back of a tractor trailer on the Maine Turnpike is more evidence that bulk cash smuggling is on the rise. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official told Foster’s Daily Democrat in Dover, N.H., that bulk cash smuggling is on the rise as drug dealers, human traffickers and other criminals try to move proceeds in a manner that avoids getting financial institutions involved. Maine State Police on Sept. 3 seized what’s estimated to be more than $1.5 million in U.S. currency found in buckets in a Texas-registered tractor trailer that was pulled over for a routine inspection near the York tolls. Maine authorities have yet to bring cash smuggling charges against the driver or passenger.