MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Miami International Airport seized $2,000 in counterfeit U.S. currency arriving in a package from Trinidad and Tobago on Sept. 16.
CBP officers selected the package for examination and discovered that a set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle coloring sheets felt unusually heavy. Upon further examination, CBP officers discovered currency between two glued coloring sheets.
CBP observed that the bills were of poor quality and closer scrutiny questioned their validity. The U.S. Secret Service was notified and determined the bills to be counterfeit. CBP seized the counterfeit currency and turned it over to the U.S. Secret Service for further investigation.
“Once again our officers’ diligence in inspection operations has paid off,” said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston. “They remain committed to protecting the American people and it shows in their hard work every day.”
CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international passengers and cargo, and searches for terrorist weapons, illicit narcotics, unreported currency, counterfeit merchandise, and prohibited agriculture and other products.
Every year the public is victimized by the counterfeiting of United States currency and other U.S. obligations. If you suspect a counterfeit note or have information about counterfeiting activity, please report it immediately to the U.S. Secret Service.
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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.