BALTIMORE — U.S. Customs and Border brokers intercepted greater than 140 stolen vehicles on the Port of Baltimore final 12 months.

This in keeping with new knowledge launched by the company on Tuesday.

That whole ranks third most within the nation at ports of entry, though it is eight much less recoveries than in 2022.

Total worth of the stolen vehicles is estimated at $7,369,142.

Most of the autos seized had been destined for West Africa, officers say.

Some notable discoveries included three Mercedes Benz every valued at greater than $225,000.

There was additionally one electrical car, a 2022 Hyundai IONIQ5, and a John Deere S680 Combine, valued at $147,590.

“The worldwide commerce in stolen autos is only one of many income streams for transnational legal organizations, so Customs and Border Protection officers will proceed to strike again by recovering these autos and reuniting them with their lawful house owners,” mentioned Matthew Davies, Acting Director of CBP’s Baltimore Field Office. “Auto theft stays a rising concern within the United States. CBP stays dedicated to working with our federal, state, and native companions to carry these exporters accountable.”

On June 6, the U.S. Attorney’s Office two Laurel males had been convicted and sentenced for illegally transport stolen autos abroad.

Nationally — 1,316 stolen autos had been prevented from being exported throughout fiscal 12 months 2023 — a 6.5 % spike from 2022.