Chicago - Since the beginning of this year, Chicago Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations officers working at the International Mail Facility at O'Hare Airport have seized more than 1,700 counterfeit state drivers licenses coming in to this country from China.
The seized licenses are high quality counterfeits of identification for the states of Illinois, Ohio, South Dakota, New Jersery, Florida, Georgia and Pennsylvania. The majority of the fake license shipments were addressed to college students throughout the United States. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are conducting investigations regarding some of the intended recipients.
"Our greatest concern is the ease at which these high quality fakes can be ordered over the internet," said David Murphy, CBP director of Field Operations in Chicago. "CBP will continue to work closely with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners to ensure the security of our nation and assist in ongoing investigations or prosecutions."
This year, CBP officers seized shipments ranging from two drivers licenses to 48 in various concealment methods. In some cases, the counterfeit licenses were shipped in envelopes, in others they were hidden inside shipments of various electronic and gift items.
CBP officers and agriculture specialists are stationed at International Mail Facilities located throughout the country in major cities. CBP is constantly screening arriving international mail and on the lookout for any type of contraband or prohibited items being shipped to the United States which can harm the community or may be used to harm the nation.
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.