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Labor Day Weekend was no Vacation for CBP at Washington Dulles International Airport

Release Date: 
September 9, 2015

STERLING, Va. — The Labor Day holiday is an opportunity for the nation to celebrate the contributions made by America’s workforce. How appropriate is it then that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded an extremely busy weekend at Washington Dulles International Airport this weekend.

Among the more notable enforcement actions, CBP officers and agriculture specialists arrested three fugitives, seized counterfeit merchandise, destroyed prohibited and potentially dangerous animal products, seized $50,000 in unreported currency, and refused entry to a handful of foreign nationals for immigration law violations.

“These seizures and arrests are a microcosm of what Customs and Border Protection employees do every day to keep America safe, to protect our nation’s agriculture industries, and to enforce more than 300 laws and regulations governed by more than 30 regulatory agencies,” said Wayne Biondi, CBP Port Director for the Area Port of Washington, D.C.

File photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspects international travelers upon arrival to the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspects international travelers upon arrival to the U.S.

CBP arrested two arriving travelers Friday. They were Monir Hossain, 30, of Silver Spring, Md., for 2nd degree assault in Montgomery County, Md.; and Savane Thach, 68, of Falls Church, Va., for failure to appear in Glenn Burnie, Md. CBP also arrested Yacoub O Yahya Mkhaitiratt, 31, recently living in Mauritania, on Stafford County, Va., charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

CBP sometimes encounters travelers with outstanding arrest warrants and works with the wanting jurisdiction to confirm the warrant and coordinate extradition. CBP arrests 21 wanted persons every day at and between our nation’s 328 ports of entry.

CBP seized counterfeit designer brand handbags and accessories from a United Airlines crewmember who arrived Friday on a flight from China, and counterfeit tote bags from a traveler on a Sunday flight from China.

CBP seizes $3.4 million worth of products every day that violate trademark holders’ intellectual property rights.

CBP seized $50,510 in unreported U.S. dollars and Chinese yuan from a family that arrived Saturday from China after the family reported possessing $3,000.

CBP seizes $650,117 in undeclared or illicit currency every day. There is no limit to how much currency travelers may bring to, or take from the U.S. However, federal law requires travelers to complete financial reporting forms for any amount that exceeds $10,000 in U.S. dollars or equivalent foreign currency.

CBP issued $1,100 in agriculture penalties to travelers for trying to smuggle prohibited pork floss concealed in tea and coffee bags, undeclared fruits and vegetables, and whale sausage without an import permit as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

On a typical day nationally, CBP agriculture specialists inspect over 1 million people as well as air and sea cargo imported to the United States. They intercept 4,447 prohibited meat, plant materials or animal products, and 425 agriculture pests and diseases. Learn more about CBP’s agriculture protection mission.

CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, weapons, prohibited agriculture products, and other illicit items.

Travelers are encouraged to visit CBP’s Travel section to learn rules, tips and advice to help them quickly complete their CBP international arrivals inspection.

Learn more about CBP’s border security and trade facilitation missions.

Check out CBP’s 2015 Snapshot for more on the agency’s history, facts, missions and responsibilities.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017