News Release
April 11, 2006

Man Charged with Attempting to Smuggle $128,090 From U.S. to Brazil

APR 11-- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven today returned an Indictment charging LEVANI DELIMA, age 38 (DOB 8/24/67), a citizen of Brazil recently residing at 805 Seltsam Road, Bridgeport, with attempting to smuggle $128,090 in U.S. currency from the United States.

According to documents filed with the Court, on December 5, 2005, DELIMA was stopped by Transportation Security Administration Inspectors at JFK International Airport in New York as he prepared to board a flight for Sao Paulo, Brazil.  DELIMA is alleged to have attempted to board the flight while carrying a video cassette recorder with $128,090 in U.S. currency wrapped in foil secreted in its interior.

 If convicted, DELIMA faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.  The Government is also seeking forfeiture of the U.S. currency that DELIMA is alleged to have attempted to smuggle.

U.S. Attorney O’Connor stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal investigation.  The Transportation Security Administration has assisted in the investigation.