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Luxury cars bound for Asian countries seized by US customs

By FaezClutchless on 11 Apr 2012

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When a country’s customs department does a raid, the items involved are usually, for example, drugs or counterfeit luxury goods. But there were no such items in this incident. In fact, the items that were seized are luxury cars. The raid was conducted by US customs officials in Los Angeles, United States.

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US Customs seized 16 luxury cars which were allegedly stolen from ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach and these cars had already left the docks when the officials intercepted them. They were stuffed in containers which were labeled as “used exercise equipment” and these shipments are bound for Asian countries such as Vietnam and Hong Kong.

The vehicles, together with four more seized after they reached Vietnam, are estimated to be worth around US$1.5 million. They include a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, a black Ferrari 458, several luxury SUVs and even a Toyota Tundra pick-up.

Carlos Martel, the director of field operations in Los Angeles for the US Customs and Border Protection mentioned that the group of thieves had used fake identities to either lease or agree to buy the new vehicles in the Los Angeles area and they had defrauded dealers, lenders and insurance companies in the process.

The thieves might have gotten away with it if they had not gotten greedy and gone for the Ferrari. The Ferrari dealer used a GPS installed in the car to track it to an area near the ports and tipped off customs officials in February. The tip led to an investigation by the Customs and Border Protection agency and the California Highway Patrol and several vehicles were seized.

Last week, a ship was ordered to return to the port shortly after departure. On it they found a dozen vehicles inside several containers. All were labeled as used exercise equipments. These cars would fetch a price of up to two to three times the selling price in the United States.

Currently, the US customs officials are working with their counterparts in Vietnam regarding the other four cars that had already reached the country. Investigations are still in the early stages and no arrests have been made.

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Mecontle Apr 11 2012 07:45 PM
time to get a degree if u wana be a thief
Shorty Apr 11 2012 09:15 PM
16 luxury only worth 1.5m? They can get only 2 in spore.
Proton_neutron Apr 11 2012 10:34 PM
Without taxes and COE, it's dirt cheap in the USA, compared to our prices.
Lwh Apr 12 2012 05:16 PM
Have you guys ever wondered that they only have a 5-year loan in the US? Don't be so naive to think that its cheap and thats all.
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