NORFOLK VA— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers working at the Port of Norfolk, Va., seized stolen vehicles and automobile parts on September 13, that were destined to Jordan. The auto parts were valued at approximately $85,000.
An export shipping container arrived from Chicago. During a random export examination, CBP officers identified half-cut vehicles in very good condition and a variety of auto parts, including a 2015 Infinity engine, and parts to a 2007 Cadillac Escalade. CBP officers investigated and determined the parts to be reported stolen in Illinois and Indiana. With assistance of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, CBP officers identified additional suspect vehicles and auto parts. In total, 11 partial vehicles were confirmed stolen and seized by CBP officers.
"Transnational criminal organizations operate a variety of illegal business practices, including the exportation of stolen or fraudulently purchased vehicles and automotive parts, to fuel their nefarious enterprises,” said Area Port Director Mark J. Laria. “As the nation’s border security agency, it is Customs and Border Protection mission to disrupt these illicit activities and to strike a blow to criminal organizations where it hurts most, in the wallet.”
CBP officers will turn the seized auto parts over to the Virginia State Police.
CBP officers at Port of Norfolk have a dedicated team of officers who work closely with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. CBP conducts inspection operations, intercepts currency, weapons, and prohibited agriculture products or other illicit items at U.S. ports of entry nationwide.
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.