HOUSTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Houston seaport seized a stolen 2008 Toyota Corolla set to be exported, August 2, to Ghana.
The vehicle’s owner reported it stolen July 8, 2015.
CBP officers at the Port of Houston encountered the blue 2008 Toyota Corolla when they were conducting checks of shipments awaiting export. Upon checking the vehicle’s identification number, CBP officers determined that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Lowell, Arkansas.
“We work with various federal, state and local law enforcement authorities to ensure unauthorized exports are not allowed to leave the country,” said CBP Port Director Dave Fluty. “CBP is the last line of defense in export control process, and we do use our authority to ensure we inspect, search, detain and seize goods being exported illegally or without the proper authorizations.”
CBP officers turned over the stolen vehicle valued at $9,900 to the Houston Police Department Auto Theft Unit.
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.