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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Philadelphia snagged hundreds of phony state drivers’ licenses over the past several months, the agency revealed Thursday.

Approximately 500 fake identification cards entered the Pennsylvania city “in international air cargo” since May and were taken by officers, the CBP said in a news release, adding that the agency’s efforts kept “the fraudulent documents out of the hands of underage students.”

The article goes on to state the following:

The agency claims they’ve seized licenses from more than 20 states, in addition to Nigerian driver’s licenses, and were said to have been sent from locations in Canada, China and countries in Southwest Asia, the agency said.

“Counterfeit drivers licenses have historically been used by those under 21 years of age for the illegal consumption of alcohol, but fake IDs have also been used in criminal enterprises, such as identity theft cases and immigration fraud,” Casey Durst, CBP Director of the Baltimore Field Office, said in the news release. “Customs and Border Protection officers will continue to exercise extraordinary vigilance during trade enforcement operations and we remain committed to the safety and security of our nation every day.”

The full release from CBP may be read below.

Philadelphia CBP Disrupts Steady Stream of Fake IDs Bound to College Undergrads

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized nearly 500 counterfeit state drivers’ licenses in international air cargo that arrived in Philadelphia since May, keeping the fraudulent documents out of the hands of underage students.

CBP officers seized the latest shipment, consisting of counterfeit Connecticut and Nigerian driver’s licenses August 15.  In addition to Connecticut, the fake ID’s included licenses from more than 20 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Washington state, Florida, Vermont, and others.  The fake ID’s shipped from locations in Canada, China, and from countries in Southwest Asia.

Only state motor vehicle departments issue drivers licenses.

“Counterfeit drivers licenses have historically been used by those under 21 years of age for the illegal consumption of alcohol, but fake IDs have also been used in criminal enterprises, such as identity theft cases and immigration fraud,” said Casey Durst, CBP Director of the Baltimore Field Office.  “Customs and Border Protection officers will continue to exercise extraordinary vigilance during trade enforcement operations and we remain committed to the safety and security of our nation every day.”

The quality of the licenses ranges from obvious fakes to very good quality that can be scanned with barcode readers.

CBP turned many of the licenses over to state and university police investigators.  The remaining licenses will be destroyed.

CBP routinely conducts inspection operations on arriving and departing international flights and intercepts narcotics, weapons, currency, prohibited agriculture products, counterfeit goods, and other illicit items at our nation’s 328 international ports of entry.  Learn what CBP achieved on “A Typical Day” during 2017.

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