U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport seized 1,213 counterfeit $100 dollar bills.
On February 21, 2014, CBP Officers selected Marlon Williams Rodriguez Ezeta for a random baggage examination. Rodriguez Ezeta, 21, was returning from Lima, Peru and presented one checked suitcase for inspection.
During the examination of his checked bag, the officer removed a cardboard diary box. The inside cover was sliced open revealing what appeared to be counterfeit U. S. $100 bills.
In total, $121,300 in counterfeit U. S. currency was concealed in one diary box, two wallets, one fabric box, and two cloth shoe racks. Mr. Rodriguez Ezeta was placed under arrest, and the counterfeit $100 bills were seized. The counterfeit currency and all evidence have been turned over to the Secret Service for further investigation, and Mr. Ezeta will be prosecuted by the U. S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District.
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