CBP Officers in Alexandria Bay Seize Pull Tab Lottery Tickets

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ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Alexandria Bay Port of Entry seized 21 skids of pull tab lottery tickets with a domestic value of approximately $538,000. 

On June 22, CBP officers inspected a commercial shipment invoiced as “bingo paper” with a country of origin listed as United States. A physical inspection of the shipment revealed pull- tab lottery tickets with the country of origin marked as “United Kingdom”. 

“This seizure is just another example of CBP’s complex mission and the outstanding skills and knowledge of our employees,” said Alexandria Bay Assistant Port Director Wendy Ruttan. “Ensuring consumers are purchasing legitimate merchandise is a top priority in our strategic efforts in the trade environment.”

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An appraisal of the merchandise was conducted on June 28, that resulted in an appraised value of $538,736. The shipment was then subsequently seized due to a false invoice as the merchandise was determined to be imported contrary to law as smuggled goods into the United States. 


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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.

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