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Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that their Agriculture Specialists assigned to the Paso Del Norte and Ysleta border crossings seized 243 pounds of prohibited pork bologna on two separate unrelated incidents.
“Pork products have the potential to introduce foreign animal diseases that can have devastating effects to the U.S. economy and to our agriculture industry,” said Director Field Operations Hector A. Mancha. “We ask travelers to declare any items acquired abroad so we can prevent the introduction of potentially harmful products.”
Officials say the first discovery was made on January 13, at the Paso Del Norte border crossing when a 40-year-old U.S. citizen resident of Albuquerque, attempted to cross into the US.
After telling agents he had no fruits, vegetables, or meat products, the driver was sent for a secondary agriculture inspection.
During the secondary inspection, CBP Agriculture Specialists discovered five rolls of Mexican bologna hidden under bags of chips, the trunk compartment and under the seats of the SUV. A total of 55 pounds of bologna were discovered. The driver informed CBP Agriculture Specialists that he resells the bologna in the U.S. for almost double the price he pays for them in Mexico.
A few days later, on January 21, the second discovery was made at the Ysleta border crossing, when a 40-year-old U.S. citizen resident of Pueblo West, Colorado, crossed into the US.
Again, the driver told the primary CBP Officer she had no prohibited items, but was then sent for a secondary inspection.
During the secondary inspection, a CBPO Officer discovered a roll of Mexican bologna. A CBP Agriculture Specialist was called to assist with the inspection and a total of 19 rolls weighing 188 pounds of bologna were discovered under the rear back seat, inside duvet cover liners, and comingled with luggage.
Both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Homeland Security work to protect American agriculture against the introduction of pests and diseases at our nation’s ports of entry.
Officials add that undeclared, prohibited agriculture items will be confiscated and can result in the issuance of a civil penalty for failure to declare.
Both individuals were issued civil penalties of $1,000 for failure to declare commercial quantities of bologna. The bologna was seized and destroyed by CBP per USDA regulations.