JAMAICA, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at John F. Kennedy’s International express cargo facility seized $65,200 dollars in counterfeit 100 dollar bills.
On March 21, CBP officers found $65,200.00 counterfeit $100 U. S. bills concealed in place mats and a shoe bag from Ecuador.
“Every day CBP officers are protecting the American public from various dangers,” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations. “This seizure is a testament to the dedication our Officers demonstrate daily in support of CBP’s mission.”
“Partnerships, as we have with CBP at JFK, are essential in preventing counterfeit currency from entering the United States,” said John McQuade, Resident Agent in Charge of the Secret Service’s JFK office. “Cooperation among agencies at JFK, and throughout New York, has allowed us to focus our resources and respond quickly to uncover and prevent counterfeiting and other criminal activity.”
A total of $65,200 (652 - $100.00 notes) of counterfeit U. S. currency was seized; this investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made yet.
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.