$20.7 Million In Designer Jewelry Seized At The Border

Wednesday November 18th, 2020

Posted at 7:15pm

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s officers seized more than $20 million in designer jewelry at the Detroit Windsor Tunnel Monday.

Officials say that the jewelry was destined for a New York auction house where it was to be appraised and eventually sold on behalf of the owner, a Canadian citizen.

The undeclared and unmanifested merchandise was discovered after an investigation revealed a courier service was hired to transport the package to a Detroit-based contact, who was to then make final delivery.

The driver of the vehicle claimed no knowledge of the contents of the package, and was returned to Canada.

“For the traveling public, this example underscores the importance of knowing what is in their possession when attempting to make entry into the United States, and declaring it accordingly,” said Port Director Devin Chamberlain. “Officers in Detroit did an excellent job in discovering and securing this high-value undeclared merchandise.”

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