Airline pilot admits smuggling $195K in cash, feds say

Federal prosecutors say the pilot was designated as “low-risk” under the Global Entry program

Source: Airline pilot admits smuggling $195K in cash, feds say

NEWARK — A commercial airline pilot previously designated as “low-risk” under a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program admitted in federal court Thursday to smuggling more than $195,000 in cash into the United States.

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Federal prosecutors say airline pilot Anthony Warner was caught trying to smuggle more than $195,000 in cash past customs at Newark International Airport this January. (U.S. Department of Justice file photo)

Anthony Warner, 55, pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court in Newark to a charge of bulk cash smuggling under an agreement with prosecutors, according the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors say Warner, of Dallas, Texas, was a participant in Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program intended to speed up the process of entry into the country for low-risk, pre-approved travelers.

But the Global Entry terminal at Newark International Airport wasn’t functioning when he arrived on Jan. 10, according to prosecutors, so Warner instead presented his customs declaration to a CBP officer.

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