Detroit – U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the Port of Detroit announced the donation of hundreds of seized pre-historic fossils to the University of Michigan.
Some of the seized fossils donated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to the University of Michigan.
A CBP officer working at a primary lane of the Ambassador Bridge on March 28, 2011, encountered two Canadian citizens who claimed they were attending a fossil trade show in Illinois. The two travelers had several boxes containing over 1,100 fossils.
Secondary inspection revealed that the fossils were actually for sale and the individuals did not properly declare their goods. The fossils were seized after a lengthy forfeiture process, which afforded the individuals the opportunity to pay associated penalties, however the violators did not respond to CBP efforts to assist them in reclaiming their property.
“This interception is an excellent example of CBP’s commitment at our ports of entry to the surrounding community,” said Roderick Blanchard, Detroit port director. “CBP not only stopped the illegal entry, but was able to contribute to the University of Michigan. This seizure highlights the diversity of the CBP mission.”
This donated fossils will be used for research and/or teaching by the University of Michigan Paleontology Department, which maintains a repository for fossil specimens.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.