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CBP Officers at Miami's Seaport Recover Stolen Vehicle

Release Date: 
January 20, 2016

MIAMI – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers working at the Port of Miami seized a stolen vehicle from New York set to be exported to the Dominican Republic.

CBP officers conduct inspection operations in Miami.

CBP officers conduct inspection operations in Miami.

CBP officers at the Miami Seaport Cargo Center encountered the Toyota Camry while conducting checks of shipments awaiting export. Upon receiving the export documentation, an inspection of the vehicle was conducted by CBP. Upon checking the vehicle’s identification number, CBP officers determined that the car was reported stolen out of New York on December 13, 2015.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and turned over the stolen car to the Miami-Dade Police Department.

“This is another example of the broad scope of CBP operations at Miami's seaport,” said Miami Seaport Port Director Dylan DeFrancisci. “Preventing stolen vehicles from being exported is an important law enforcement task that sends a clear message to would-be thieves.”

CBP conducts inspection operations and intercepts currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture products or other illicit items at U.S. ports of entry nationwide.

When exporting a vehicle, CBP must be presented the original document that shows the basis for ownership or right of possession, such as a bill of sale, and two complete copies of that original document. Further, the owner must certify in writing to CBP that the procurement of the vehicle was a bona fide transaction, and that the vehicle presented for export is not stolen.

Visit's section on exporting a motor vehicle for more information.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations in Florida include travel and trade facilitation and securing over 1,200 miles of the coastal border. Follow @CBPFlorida on Twitter for real-time updates.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017