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$3.6 million in counterfeit US currency was seized at the Pembina Port of Entry on Friday.
In a press release issued Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations said the fake funds were seized from "commercial cargo" at the port of entry which is the U.S. side of the Emerson border crossing.
The shipment was described as toy guns, and the press release confirmed that was part of the package.
"Inspection of the shipment resulted in the discovery of nine toy guns as well as 36,000 $100 bills," the release said.
The counterfeit currency will be destroyed by CBP.
Pembina Area Port Director Jason Schmelz said the find was a very big deal, especially considering the date.
"To have such a significant seizure on the 19th anniversary of 9/11, shows the commitment all of our officers have, not only today, but every single day they come to work in order to keep our country safe from all threats," he said.
Anyone with information regarding suspected fraud or illegal trade activity is asked to contact CBP at 1-800-BE-ALERT.