U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 58 fraudulent state drivers’ licenses May 3 that arrived from Asia in air cargo near Washington Dulles International Airport.
The licenses, which initially arrived in April, were destined to addresses in Washington, D.C., Florida, Virginia, Georgia and New Jersey. The states represented include New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee and West Virginia. CBP officials verified with state authorities that the licenses were indeed fraudulent.
Fraudulent drivers’ licenses have been used in identity theft, immigration fraud and, most notably, by underage alcohol drinkers.
“There is no valid or lawful purpose for importing fraudulent driver’s license,” CBP Washington Dulles Port Director Wayne Biondi said in a release. “As the nation’s border security agency, Customs and Border Protection is on the front lines to intercept illicit products that violate U.S. laws and regulations at our nation’s doorstep. This is an enforcement mission that we take seriously.”
CBP officers also seized counterfeit designer handbags, purses, watches and shoes in two air cargo shipments from China and 27 grams of coca leaves in a Colombian traveler’s baggage. If authentic, the counterfeit products would have been worth nearly $58,000. The Colombian traveler admitted to possessing the coca leaves for medicinal purposes.