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United States v. Amado-Nunez
Citation:357 F.3d 119
On November 25, 1999, Amado went through the primary customs screening point at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In the bottom of Amado’s bag, the second inspector found packages of stamps that purported to be issued by the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury. The inspector summoned a criminal investigator assigned to the customs service who, on examining what she believed to be tax stamps for coin-operated machines. The agent took custody of 887 stamps, which were later determined to be counterfeit. Amado was indicted by a federal grand jury. The government presented several officials from the Puerto Rico Treasury Department who testified about the tax stamp regime in Puerto Rico and confirmed that the stamps in question were counterfeit.
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