CHICAGO — Officials at O’Hare Airport found dozens of fake coronavirus vaccination cards and ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine pills in packages on Monday.
Customs and Border Protection agents seized two packages coming from China, one saying it contained PVC sleeves and the other greeting cards, according to a news release. The packages actually contained a total of 41 fake vaccination cards.
The cards looked like vaccination cards used in the United States, but officials were able to determine they were fake because of their “low-quality appearance and other discrepancies,” according to the agency.
The packages were headed for homes in Seagraves, Texas, and Houston, according to the agency.
The FBI has warned creating, buying or selling fake vaccine cards is illegal, and people who do so can face fines and prison time.
Officers also noticed “discrepancies” when X-raying another package from China; when they inspected it, they found it contained a bottle with 100 pills of ivermectin, according to the agency. A second package, which was coming from Mexico, contained 32 ivermectin tablets and 40 hydroxychloroquine pills.
Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine have proven controversial, as conspiracy theorists have spread false rumors the pills can be used to treat COVID-19. There is no evidence the pills can help people with COVID-19, and they are not approved by the FDA as a treatment. Officials have warned using the pills improperly could seriously sicken people.
The pills were misbranded, which is against the law, so they were turned over to the FDA for further investigation, according to Customs and Border Protection.
“These shipments are concerning. These were seized in just one night and you have to wonder if this trend will continue,” Shane Campbell, area port director for Chicago, said in the news release. “Our officers are ready and will stop this threat before it can reach the public.”
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