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Puerto Rico: “US immigration agents arrest reggaeton singer ‘Farruko’ for bulk cash smuggling”

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (CMC) — The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says a reggaeton singer has been arrested in Bayamon, Puerto Rico for “failure to declare transportation of monetary instruments” in more than US$10,000 and for bulk cash smuggling into the United States.

ICE said the arrest was the result of a joint investigation that it conducted with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.

According to ICE officials, on April 2, Carlos Efrén Reyes-Rosado, aka Farruko, 26, travelled by helicopter from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico.

When Reyes-Rosado filled out the  customs declaration form, he indicated that he was not carrying more than US$10,000.

However, it’s reported that Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents initially detained him at the Isla Grande airport in San Juan after a search of his bags revealed that he was carrying about US$51,802 in his luggage and in the soles of his shoes in his bags.

On April 3, ICE said US Magistrate Judge Bruce McGiverin “authorised a criminal complaint and issued an arrest warrant against Reyes-Rosado.” HSI special agents arrested him the same day.

It said Reyes-Rosado had his preliminary hearing before McGiverin Wednesday.

ICE said Bulk Cash Smuggling is a reporting offense under the Bank Secrecy Act, and is part of the United States Code (USC).

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