Detroit CBP Seizes Undeclared Ammunition from CBP Trusted Traveler

CBP Trusted Traveler

The Ambassador bridge offers the NEXUS trusted traveler program to expedite border crossing for those individuals who are low risk and frequent travelers. The CBP Trusted Traveler program is appropriate for those who live or work across the border. It entails heightened initial investigation to grant the privilege of liberal travel thereafter. After the prescreening process, there is a zero tolerance policy in place and any violation results in the immediate suspension of the license. This pass works at northern border ports of entry, NEXUS kiosks, and Canadian Preclearance locations , as well as marine reporting locations.

On September 11, 2013 a 36 year old Canadian citizen who was a member of the CBP trusted traveler program was detained and search by the Department of Homeland Security. The man, who has not been identified by name, entered via the NEXUS lane. During a secondary inspection he was found to be traveling with $3,450 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition which was seized for failure to declare. The boxes of ammunition were hidden below the front passenger seat floor. This man will almost certainly be expelled from the NEXUS trusted traveler program based on the comments from Customs and Border Protection. It remains to be seen whether he will be prosecuted.

Victim of a money or goods seizure? Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but civil forfeiture turns this principle on its head. With civil forfeiture, you are guilty of the violation with the effect that your money is held until you can prove that you are an innocent owner with a legitimate use for the money. We can help. Our firm has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of similarly situated clients and can help you too. If you have had cash or property seized by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Postal Inspectors, or the DEA call our firm today for a free consultation. Remember, time is of the essence. With so much at stake, why risk it? To retain our experienced customs seizures lawyers call 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message, we practice throughout the US.


SWEETGRASS, MT: Seized Kawasaki Motorcycle Returned

Yesterday, one of our attorneys received approval from US Customs and Border Patrol (US CBP) for the return of a client’s Kawasaki motorcycle.  US CBP seized the bike when the client, a Canadian citizen, was found using it to travel illegally into and throughout the United States.  The return of the motorcycle came after a months-long struggle with US CBP, including the filing of a lengthy initial petition as well as a subsequent supplemental petition.

US Customs Seizure Montana:

kawasakiIn fact, the client had illegally entered the United States from Canada, and he did so knowingly.  Despite this, our experts was able to convince US CBP that given the client’s circumstances, equity and justice warranted the return of the bike.  To start, the client did most of his work in the US, and though he knew his work visa had expired, he was desperate to cross the border to be able to work and continue to support himself in the meantime.  In addition, the motorcycle represented the client’s primary form of transportation and without it, he would be essentially immobilized.  Learning this, US CBP agreed that it would be fair to return the bike to him.

US Customs and Border Patrol can seize money or goods for a number of reasons, typically because it believes those items are connected with a crime such as, here, transporting an illegal alien, or other offenses like drug crimes.  However, this case goes to show that when US CBP seizes money or goods, even if the seizure is warranted and the individual is at fault, mitigating circumstances such as hardship can be enough to secure the return of the seized items.  If this has happened to you or a friend, call our customs lawyers today. The seized goods may be recovered, even if you believe you are responsible for the violation that caused the goods to be taken. However, time is of the essence.  Recovering seized goods is a complex, time-sensitive process that requires quick, strategic action.  You need an attorney who can quickly find the best course of action, who will begin fighting for you immediately, and who will continue to fight zealously on your behalf until your property is recovered.

Our knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced attorneys are available 24/7, nationwide, to consult with you for free and initiate out a plan to recover your property.  Again, time is of the essence, so call now!  Our office can easily be reached by phone at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

US Customs Seizure in Champlain New York: $18,001.00 US Currency, along with a 2010 Dodge Journey, Seized/$17,001.00 as well as the vehicle returned

US Customs Seizure in Champlain New York

In early August 2013, US Customs and Border Patrol notified our firm that one of our office had succeeded in recovering approximately $17,000.00 in US Currency along with a 2010 Dodge Journey, valued at around $14,000.00. This news came after several months of hard work and allowed us to help our client recover not only a significant amount of money, but also his key form of transportation.

US Customs and Border Patrol seized this client’s money when he and a family member attempted to travel by vehicle into New York from Canada and failed to report the cash that they were carrying with them.  This client, a Canadian citizen, regularly both travels and does business into the US, evening owning property here.  Despite this, and despite the fact that the money was completely legitimately sourced, US Customs and Border Patrol was still able to seize it due to their failure to report.

Unfortunately, failure to report funds upon border crossing is an honest mistake that many people make, and it can lead to extremely dire consequences if action is not taken immediately upon seizure.  While recovery is attainable, as was the case with this particular client, the process is not only complicated but also extremely time-sensitive.

Victim of a US Customs Seizure in Champlain New York? If this has happened to you or a loved one, don’t wait!  You need an expert lawyer who is familiar with the laws, procedures, and winning strategies for recovery—and you need someone who will give you the prompt, personalized attention to get this matter resolved within the appropriate time limits.  Let our expert legal team recover your money and contact us today for a free consultation!  Our attorneys are waiting to discuss your case 24/7 nationwide, so call us at 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message.

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