Canada Warns Its Citizens Not To Take Cash To The USA

civilforfThe Canadian government has had to warn its citizens not to carry cash to the USA because the USA does not presume innocence but guilt when it comes to money. Over $2.5 billion has been confiscated from Canadians traveling to the USA, funding the police who grab it.

If you are bringing cash to the land of the free, you will find that that saying really means they are FREE to seize all your money under the pretense you are engaged in drugs with no evidence or other charges.

It costs more money in legal fees to try to get it back so it is a boom business for unethical lawyers to such an extent than only one in sixth people ever try to get their money back and the cops just pocket it. That’s right. Money confiscated is usually allowed to be kept by the department who confiscated it.

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4 Responses to Canada Warns Its Citizens Not To Take Cash To The USA

  1. Croatian Capitalist says:

    That article is misleading, this is what the Canadian government actually says:

    “There are banking machines that will accept Canadian bank cards, but these may be limited depending on your account access. Despite these difficulties, do not carry large amounts of cash. Non-U.S. residents generally cannot negotiate monetary bank instruments (international bank drafts, money orders, etc.) without having a U.S. bank account.

    There is no limit to the amount of money that you may legally take into or out of the U.S.. However, if you carry more than US$10,000 in monetary instruments (such as U.S. or foreign coin, currency, traveller’s cheques, money orders, stocks or bonds) into or out of the U.S., or if you receive more than that amount while in the U.S., you must file a report (Customs Form 4790) with U.S. Customs. Failure to comply can result in civil and criminal penalties, including seizure of the currency or monetary instruments.”

    • fafc says:

      I am not sure if the “Canadian” part of the article is authentic, but the rest is entirely true. You are confusing banking rules and customs currency declaration issues with civil forfeiture rules. Under civil forfeiture rules the police, any police, have authority to seize your cash and any assets that they suspect are in any way related with a criminal activity. Police departments across the country are doing this to people. And it is not just foreigners.

      Example: You sell your car for $5,000, and the buyer gives you cash. The police pull you over because your brake light is out, see the bag of money, or talk you into admitting you have money on you, they seize the money (sometimes they seize the car you are driving), and then claim there was drug residue on the money. This is not a criminal issue. This is a civil issue. They are not accusing you of doing anything wrong. They are claiming the money was involved in something wrong, and at that point the burden of proof shifts from the police to the owner. You then have to prove that the property is rightfully yours, was not involved in ANY illegal activity, etc. People laugh at this, but it is not always easy to prove a negative, and even if you can you have to hire a lawyer to recover the property and that can be very time consuming and costly.

      I have heard of a number police forces that use dogs to sniff out drugs. However, the dogs are also trained to sniff out money. The dog finds your money, and the police claim the dog sniffed drugs on the money. The dog never argues otherwise. And there is no way to prove there was no drug residue on the money. In fact, I suspect almost all US currency that has been in circulation for some time has some small drug residue on from one source or another. It is a scam.

      If the Canadian government doesn’t warn its citizens about this, they should.

  2. Croatian Capitalist says:

    Hm…, some pretty disturbing things in that article.

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