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Friday, January 15th, 2021

CBP operation yields counterfeit ID, narcotics seizures

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A Memphis, Tennessee-based Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operation initiated in July 2019 has yielded nearly 200 seizures of counterfeit ID cards and illegal narcotics.

Operation Mega Flex involves an interagency effort seeking to measure compliance and assess illicit networks in the international mail environment via periodic enhanced inspections, working in conjunction with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

“China is a major source country for contraband including fraudulent identity documents, controlled substances, and commodities that pose threats to U.S. agriculture,” Michael Neipert, CBP Area Port of Memphis director, said. “With all the uncertainty currently facing our nation, it is inherent that CBP Memphis Officers/Agriculture specialists remain steadfast in securing the nation’s borders.”

Goods seized via Operation Mega Flex have been earmarked for locations throughout the country, including Castle Rock, Colo., Grandview, Mo., Palm Harbor, Fla., and Philadelphia, Pa.

“Whether purchased online or in stores, counterfeit and illicit products threaten the security and prosperity of Americans throughout the country,” William A. Ferrara, CBP executive assistant commissioner of the Office of Field Operations, said. “The dedicated men and women of CBP will continue to use all available means to protect Americans and our businesses from dangerous goods.”

Operation Mega Flex has determined approximately 12.5 percent of targeted parcels contain counterfeit goods or contraband.