Jamaica, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport seized 1500 counterfeit $100 Federal Reserve Notes (bills) last month.
On December 14, CBP officers selected Ciara Ryan for a random baggage examination. Ryan, 38 was returning from Colombia and had two bags in her possession. The first bag was examined by officers and was found to have a strong odor of glue coming from it. Upon further inspection, CBP found alterations to its bottom; within the alterations were several suspected counterfeit U.S. $100 bills.
A black leather satchel also in her possession was examined and found to contain more suspected counterfeit bills concealed within its lining.
Ms. Ryan was placed under arrest and a total of 1,500 counterfeit $100 bills ($150,000) were seized. She will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.
“The responsibilities of a CBP officer are vast,” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations. “Despite the multi-faceted challenge our officers encounter every day, they are ever vigilant in their efforts to protect the United States. This seizure speaks to the diverse CBP mission.”
“The men and women of Customs and Border Protection at JFK Airport continue to provide invaluable assistance to the U.S. Secret Service in the battle against counterfeit U.S. currency entering the United States. The JFK Resident Office of the U.S. Secret Service maintains a close professional relationship with CBP and all law enforcement agencies at JFK and LaGuardia Airports as we carry out our investigative and protective missions,” said John McQuade, Resident Agent in Charge – USSS JFK Resident Office.
All defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.