Italian airport authorities and Italian Finance Police seized US $205,933from American rapper Snoop Dogg at an airport in Calabria, CNN reported Sunday.
A police source reportedly told CNN that during a normal check at Lamezia Terme, the rapper was found with $422,820 in U.S. cash, CNN says the maximum amount of cash that passengers traveling through Italy can carry without declaring it is €10,000 ($11,010.25). The rules were put in place to prevent money laundering.
Snoop Dogg reportedly arrived in Italy’s southern region earlier this week in his private jet for a performance in the village of Montepaone. He told police that the cash was to pay his band for concerts in Italy and elsewhere, the source said.
The American rapper then reportedly left for London. The finance police will open an investigation into the Italian concert and how the rapper was paid.CNN saysit was not clear whether the rapper can appeal to get the money back. Representatives for Snoop did not respond to calls and emails requesting comment.