(MEMHIS, Tenn.) CBP REPORT: Officers have found ‘Israeli Passport & ID’s’ in a consignment of ‘Hardback Baby Books & Greetings Cards’ sent from Edinburgh, Scotland #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.17: On Tuesday, Aug 10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers at an express consignment hub in Memphis, Tennessee, examined a package described in the paperwork by the shipper as “HARDBACK BABY BOOKS GREETINGS CARDS X 5.” The shipment, which was a box originally holding a map of astronomical constellations was sent from Edinburgh, Scotland to a small business address at a shopping center in San Mateo, CA.

#AceDailyNews reports that CBP Memphis has found ‘Israeli Passport and IDs’ in hollowed out book being sent from Scotland ….

Box with greeting cards and two books.
Box with greeting cards and books

Inside the box were two books and several cards with envelopes. The books were “Fill-in-the-Blank Notes for Lovers,” some kind of novelty book with tear out notes to be completed, and “The Art of Handmade Living: Crafting a Beautiful Home” by Willow Crossley. Perhaps intentionally ironic, there was a little handcrafting going on with the book.

Hollowed out book with Israeli passport inside.
Hollowed out book with passport inside

The center had been hollowed out, and snuggled in the gap was one Israeli passport and two Israeli identification cards, all for the same man. Records checked showed the man had no entries into the U.S. nor encounters with CBP. He does not have any visas nor legal status in the United States. The passport had Colombian and Brazilian entry stamps from 2020.

Box for map of constellations.
Exterior of constellation box

CBPOs seized the shipment as the passport appeared to be altered due to a photo substitution. The purpose of these smuggled documents is unknown, but someone already in the U.S. may be the man whose photos were illegally pasted on top of the original photos in the passport and identification cards.

This seizure took place within the Area Port of Memphis, which covers ports of entry throughout the state of Tennessee and falls under CBP’s New Orleans Field Office. This Field Office includes all ports in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.Box with greeting cards and books Hollowed out book with passport insideExterior of constellation box

#AceNewsDesk report ……..Published: Sept.17: 2021:

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