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    Philadelphia CBP Seizes Counterfeit and Altered African Passports Destined to Florida

    Philadelphia CBP Seizes Counterfeit and Altered African Passports Destined to Florida

    Release Date: July 24, 2020

    PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers intercepted seven counterfeit and altered African passports in Philadelphia Wednesday that were destined to an address in Palm Beach County, Florida.

    Philadelphia CBP officers seized this altered Gambia passport and six others.

    While examining arriving international air parcels, CBP officers inspected a shipment from Turkey manifested as documents. Inside officers discovered seven passports from African nations that appeared altered, lacked sufficient security features and used identical photos in more than one passport.

    The seven passports were allegedly issued by the governments of Angola, Benin, Gambia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe.

    CBP officers seized the passports. An investigation continues.

    “These counterfeit passports pose a serious security threat to the United States because they might have been used by nefarious persons to violate our nation’s immigration laws to gain benefits or to cause severe harm to our nation and our citizens,” said Casey Durst, CBP’s Director of Field Operations in Baltimore. “Customs and Border Protection officers remain steadfast in our commitment to intercept illicit people and products at our nation’s borders every day to keep us safe.”

    Counterfeit or altered passports may also involve the theft of an innocent victim’s identity.

    CBP officers screen international travelers and cargo and search for illicit narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, counterfeit consumer goods, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products that could potentially harm the American public, U.S. businesses, and our nation’s safety and economic vitality. Learn more about what CBP accomplished during "A Typical Day" in 2019.

    CBP's border security mission is led at ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations. Please visit CBP Ports of Entry to learn more about how CBP’s Office of Field Operations secures our nation’s borders. Learn more about CBP at

    Follow the Director of CBP’s Baltimore Field Office on Twitter at @DFOBaltimore and on Instagram at @dfobaltimore for breaking news, current events, human interest stories and photos.

    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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.

    Last modified: July 24, 2020

    Last edited by Beezer; 07-26-2020 at 08:53 AM.


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