Feds seize 600 pounds of contraband cold cuts at US-Mexico border
Border Patrol officials seized nearly 600 pounds of contraband bologna and other cold cuts near the US-Mexico border last week — meat that had the potential to introduce “foreign animal” diseases into the US, the agency said.
Agents made the first meat seizure on May 13 during a secondary inspection of an SUV that was crossing into the US at the Ysleta port of entry in El Paso, US Customs and Border Patrol said in a statement.
A border patrol agriculture specialist found 350 pounds of pork bologna and 99 pounds of other pork and poultry cold cuts covered by blankets in the back seat and cargo are of the car.
Agents seized the meats and destroyed them, the agency said.
Authorities made the second seizure a day later on May 14 during a search of another car that was arriving from Mexico at the Bridge of Americas in El Paso.
Agents found 14 rolls of bologna stashed in the trunk of the car, which is about 141 pounds, according to the agency.
“Travelers should declare all items they are transporting from abroad to avoid fines and penalties. A properly declared prohibited item can be abandoned at the port without consequence,” Hector Mancha, the Border Patrol’s El Paso Director of Field Operations, said in a statement.
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