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Laws and Regulations

CBP & HSI Repatriate Precious Cultural Artifact to Mexico

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BOSTON - On January 31, 2024, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Homeland Security Investigations, and the Consul General for Mexico gathered for a ceremony marking the repatriation of a cultural artifact. The item in question was a clay pot crafted between 900 and 1521 A.D. in Northern Mexico. The repatriation ceremony concluded with the custody of the item being turned over to Alberto Fierro, consul general for the Consulate of Mexico in Boston, MA. "On behalf of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, it is my honor to return this piece of cultural heritage to the people of Mexico," said

Deadly chemical compound intercepted by Cincinnati CBP

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CINCINNATI— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the port of Cincinnati seized a shipment containing the deadly, addictive, and illegal substance Tianeptine on January 26. Officers seized the 12 pounds for violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). Tianeptine is an unapproved drug in the U.S. Although other countries have approved tianeptine, corporations are making dangerous and unproven claims that tianeptine can improve brain function and treat anxiety, depression, pain, opioid use disorder, and other conditions. Additionally, the Food and Drug

Dangerous Unapproved Injectable Tightening Gel Seized by Minnesota CBP

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MINNEAPOLIS– U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport recently stopped a shipment filled with 2,536 pre-filled syringes of vaginal tightening gel. On November 20, CBP inspected a shipment arriving from Hong Kong manifested as “Vaginal Tightening Gel”. The shipment was found to contain commercial quantities of a gel inside injectables and required the user to wear chemical resistant gloves when handling. The packages containing the cosmetic gel were found in pink packaging appearing ready for resale. In coordination with the U.S. Food and Drug

Norfolk CBP Seizes Firearms, Ammo Being Smuggled to Liberia in a Seaport Container

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NORFOLK, Va. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized three firearms and over 200 rounds of ammunition in Norfolk, Va., on October 12 that was concealed inside a shipping container destined to Liberia. The shipping container, which was shipped from a Minneapolis suburb, was manifested to contain three vehicles and household goods. CBP officers inspected the container contents and discovered the firearms and ammo concealed inside two black barrels. The cache included a Taurus GC3 9mm, a Bersa 380 ACP, and a Hatfield 12-gauge shotgun, four magazines, 159 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 20

Wrong Turn Ends with Rape Arrest

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BUFFALO, N.Y . – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Port of Buffalo, Peace Bridge border crossing, arrested a 45-year-old male United States citizen who had an active arrest warrant from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Yesterday, CBP officers encountered a driver who made a wrong turn onto the Peace Bridge. Upon arrival at the primary inspection area, the driver, Jose Cruz Lopez, did not possess proper identification and was subsequently escorted to the secondary inspection area to verify his identity. During the secondary inspection, CBP officers verified the identification

CBP officers stop spider monkey smuggling attempt at Calexico port of entry

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CALEXICO, Calif., – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Calexico West port of entry seized baby spider monkeys concealed within animal carriers inside of a vehicle on Monday. On the morning of August 14, CBP officers encountered a 29-year-old female and a 31-year-old male driving a 2020 van. At the time of encounter, the man and woman were applying for entry into the United States from Mexico. During an initial inspection, a CBP officer discovered an animal carrier hidden behind the rear seat that contained live monkeys. The CBP officer referred the occupants and

Philadelphia CBP Calls a Fowl on Unpermitted Wildlife Products

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PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized two unique shipments from the United Kingdom that ran a-fowl of U.S. wildlife and import laws recently in Philadelphia. CBP officers encountered the first shipment on May 23. It consisted of an arrangement of six colorful taxidermied birds perched on a branch. The birds were provisionally identified as two Regent Powerbirds, two Cotinga, one Blue-Bellied Roller, and one Oriole. The arrangement was destined to an address in Onondaga County, N.Y. The second shipment arrived on June 13 and consisted of 20 horned mammal skulls. The

Dulles CBP Officers Seize Nearly $130k in Unreported Currency from Four Groups of Outbound Travelers

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STERLING, Va. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly $130,000 in unreported currency from four groups of departing international travelers recently at Washington Dulles International Airport. There is no limit to how much currency or other monetary instruments travelers may bring to or take out of the United States. However, federal law [ 31 USC 5316 ] requires travelers to report all currency of $10,000 or greater to a CBP officer and complete U.S. Treasury Department Report of International Transportation of Currency or Monetary Instruments [ FINCEN 105 ]. Read more

Philadelphia CBP Seizes Automobile Devices that Cheats Drivers and Threatens Their Safety

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PHILADELPHIA – The affordability of used automobiles creates a robust secondary marketplace and a popular option to outfit our new teen drivers with a reliable first set of wheels. But that demand also creates an opportunity for fraud. One such fraud is odometer fraud where unscrupulous dealers can turn a 150,000-mile vehicle into a more-profitable 90,000-mile vehicle. Those extra 60,000 miles could place consumers and especially teen drivers at risk. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers recently saw evidence of potential odometer fraud when officers seized 29 odometer manipulator