When traveling to different countries, it’s advisable to check out information first about what you can and cannot bring into the country. Contraband can be many things and some of these are incredibly strange. For instance, if you go to Canada, you’d best throw those banana peels out the window before you hit the border or the Mounty will be turning you away. The same goes for cat or dog food with lamb or beef byproducts.
On the other hand, if you’re traveling to Hawaii and you’re thinking about trying to sneak in with merchandise from Serbia or Sudan, you better get another plan. As well, the international community also has its little idiosyncrasies. For instance, do not even think of bring instruments of torture or rough-cut diamonds to Germany.
In the US, just like other countries, the rules vary. But one thing that is prohibited on our southern border is cold cuts from Mexico, because of the prevalence of foodborne bacteria and diseases. Border patrol agents stopped a woman entering El Paso, Texas who was hiding a veritable convenience store of vegetables, fruits and bologna…200 pounds of it!
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents work tirelessly to prevent a myriad of objects from entering the U.S., but what they just discovered is bologna.
According to CBS DFW, agents seized more than 200 pounds — about 100 kilos — of unclaimed contraband bologna recently at the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
Officials said they stopped a woman who had crossed into the U.S. through the Paso Del Norte crossing in El Paso, Texas, after she told agents that she wasn’t carrying any vegetables, meat, fruits, or any other illegal contraband.
Agents reportedly found 23 tubes of bologna hidden beneath the rear seats of the woman’s car and hidden in her trunk.
Officials said they found the meat stashed throughout the vehicle after the woman subseqently admitted she was carrying sausage in the car.
As noted by the Tribunist, it’s illegal to bring bologna, which is made of pork, into the U.S. because it could introduce diseases from foreign animals into the U.S. pork industry.
The agents reportedly seized and destroyed the bologna, and the woman was given a $1,000 fine.
While the agents likely found it a little humorous that the woman was trying to smuggle more than 200 pounds of bologna into the U.S., it underscores a serious problem at the southern border.
Oftentimes, agents are faced with very dangerous tasks that put their lives at risk every day.
If the agents down on the border were having a bad day when this woman showed up, she certainly brightened it up pretty quick. It’s not everyday that you get to see smuggling something other than drugs and alcohol.
The $1,000 fine may have been the legal requirement and she may have been a repeat offender, but the fact remains that if this was a one-time deal, they should have waived the fine for having made them laugh in an otherwise very dangerous job.
Source: Conservative Tribune