U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized dozens of boxes of horse medications and supplements earlier this week.
According to officials, the seizure was made shortly after noon on Tuesday, August 31st, when a 44-year-old U.S. citizen entered the U.S. from Mexico at the Paso Del Norte crossing. The man declared vitamins to the CBP officer.
“During a secondary inspection officers discovered a large box containing a variety of prescription animal supplements and horse medications,” officials shared. “These are veterinary medications that are considered a class three narcotic steroid and are prohibited from entry.”
The driver of the car was assessed a $500 civil penalty. CBP officers seized the products.
“The products CBP prevent from entering the United States are those that would injure community health, public safety, American workers, children, or domestic plant and animal life, or those that would defeat our national interests. Sometimes the products that cause injury, or have the potential to do so, may seem fairly innocent,” officials added.
CBP has been entrusted with enforcing hundreds of laws for 40 other government agencies, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Members of the public can educate themselves by visiting the Know Before You Go webpage.