$900K in counterfeit $1 bills discovered inside Chinese shipping container
Minnesota officers from Customs and Border Protection said they discovered 900,000 fake $1 bills in a commercial rail shipment that originated from China.
The officers flagged a container last month at the International Falls Port of Entry, located between International Falls, Minnesota, and Fort Frances, Canada.
During the search, $900,000 worth of U.S. currency was found in 45 different cartons within the shipping container. The Secret Service determined all of the money was fake, according to a press release from CBP over the weekend. The money was seized and turned over to the Secret Service, which also deals with counterfeit currency.
“CBP officers strive every day to protect the United States from a variety of threats,” said Jason Schmelz, Pembina Area Port Director.
“Those threats don’t always come in the form of terrorists or narcotics but also in the form of counterfeit currency and other goods that have the potential to harm the economy of the United States,” he added. “Thanks to the dedication of our officers and our partnership with the Secret Service, we were able to keep this currency from entering into circulation.”