NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Rainbow Bridge seized $2,900 in counterfeit U.S. $50 bills on January 13.
“Our officer played a critical role in preventing counterfeit currency from entering the commerce of the United States,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “This seizure is a testament to our officer’s dedication and daily support of CBP’s mission.”
CBP officers at the Rainbow Bridge encountered Kenishia Brown, a 33-year-old female, citizen of Canada, who indicated she was traveling to purchase Powerball lottery tickets. Based on inconsistencies with her story, she was referred for further inspection. During the secondary exam, 58 counterfeit U.S. $50 dollar bills were discovered in Brown’s pocket.
The currency was seized and Brown was arrested and turned over to the Niagara Falls Police Department.
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.