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Arrested with $153,000: 33-year-old’s failed attempt to hide money from US gov’t

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The “arrested with $153,000” news story this week about 33-year-old Conor Guckian who paid $20,000 in cash to charter a private jet from Nashville to California because he was trying to keep the money safe from government detection makes one wonder whether carrying $153,000 in cash in a suitcase is a good way to accomplish that. According to a Jan. 14, 2014, WSMV Nashville news report, “Guckian told police he was taking the cash from New York to California to buy gold.”

The man arrested with $153,000 in his suitcase was taken into custody at the airport in Nashville on Monday and is facing a money-laundering charge because “the manner in which the U.S. currency was wrapped is consistent with that of drug proceeds.”

On Monday, 33-year-old Conor Guckian used $20,000 in cash to pay for a private plane to go from Nashville to California. Someone reported the “suspicious individual” to airport police and when police dog smelled narcotics on Conor Guckian’s $153,000, which he had stuffed in his suitcase, he was arrested.

Besides the smell of the money, the man with the $153,000 in his suitcase was also arrested because the cash money was divided into 32 bundles secured with rubber bands – which according to police was consistent with bundles of drug money.

During the drug-sniffing search and his arrest for his $153,000 cash, 33-year-old Conor Guckian was cooperative and told the police that he had “structured his bank accounts to show balances under $10,000 to avoid government detection.” Conor Guckian thought that by carrying the money in cash and taking a private jet the money would be safe from government detection.