Ohio task force has seized $2.4M in illegal cash

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The government says a new Columbus-based police task force has seized nearly $2.4 million this year in proceeds from criminal activities.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's homeland security division launched the Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force in February to fight criminals' use of money to fund their activities.

The Columbus task force seized $2.4 million and made 111 arrests on charges of illegally smuggling money in or out of the United States to aid criminal operations.

ICE says criminal groups smuggle money across and out of the country, taking funds earned from selling drugs and weapons and the sex trafficking of women and children.

The taskforce consists of ICE agents and officers from Columbus, Franklin County, suburban Hilliard and the State Highway Patrol.