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Posted Apr 27, 2012, 10:14 am
A 46-year-old Florida man found himself in hot water on Tuesday when he tried to bring fruit into the United States. Forbidden fruit, that is. And some pork rinds.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at the port of entry in Laredo, Texas, seized several boxes containing more than 1,700 pieces of fruit that are prohibited to bring into the United States due to pesky insects that can damage produce and potentially spread plant disease, CBP said.
The Lakeland, Fla., man was driving a van into the United States when he was directed for a secondary inspection of the vehicle. Agents found 1,500 mangos, 100 guavas, 27 passion fruits, 39 mamey sapotes, 2 kilograms of hog plums, a half kilogram of pork skins and a half kilogram of red rice, CBP said.
“Our frontline agriculture specialists did a fantastic job and seized a commercial amount of prohibited fruit coming through the passenger vehicles lanes,” said CBP Laredo Port Director Sidney Aki.
The man was fined $1,000 for failure to declare the fruit, rice and pork rinds, and the produce was seized, CBP said.
During examination of the fruit, fruit fly larvae was found in the mangos, guavas and mamey sapotes, a fruit grown in southern Mexico, CBP said.
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