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Africa-bound stolen vehicles recovered from cargo ship

At the end of March, our detectives assisted the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in identifying and recovering two stolen 2022 Nissan Armadas.

The SUVs were fraudulently purchased in California using false identifications and financial documents. They were delivered to the Port of Seattle and loaded onto a container ship bound for Africa.

During a cargo inspection, CBP agents discovered manifest discrepancies and ordered the ship back to port. The container was removed from the ship and the SUVs were subsequently unloaded.

One of the SUVs had already been reported stolen, and the bank was in the process of reporting the other SUV stolen as well.

Our task force regularly teams up with local, state and federal agencies to recover stolen vehicles and make arrests.