February was a banner month for U.S. Customs & Border Protection in Louisville, Kentucky. CBP officers there intercepted 676 counterfeit IDs, including fake ID and passports, along with more than 500 pounds of illicit drugs.
The counterfeit IDs were seized in shipments arriving from other countries and destined for various U.S. states. Most of the fakes were for college students, but those same IDs could be used for other criminal activities like identity theft, worksite enforcement, critical infrastructure protection, and fraud linked to immigration-related crimes such as human smuggling and human trafficking.
Such counterfeit documents can also be used by individuals associated with terrorism to minimize scrutiny from travel screening measures. CBP officers coordinate their findings with the agency’s Fraudulent Document Analysis Unit (FDAU), Homeland Security Investigations and other federal partners to combat this type of illicit activity.
U.S. Customs & Border Protection