Border authorities are used to coming in contact with all kinds of things when it comes to smuggling, but this one takes the…meat cake.
U.S. border authorities encountered an American citizen attempting to smuggle hundreds of pounds of meat across the Texas border. The meat, 320 pounds of pork bologna, and 30 pounds of turkey ham were confiscated by the authorities.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialists discovered the large haul at around 6 a.m. on Aug.26. The 20-year-old United States citizen had the massive pile of meat hidden in the backseat of a 2012 Honda Odyssey
According to a press release, border agents ordered a secondary inspection due to the driver’s negative declaration for carrying food. One agent believed he could see the poorly hidden meat in the backseat.
A subsequent search of the vehicle found 31 rolls of meat inside a duffel bag and hidden under a blanket in the car.
The driver admitted that he had intended to resell the meat in the U.S., costing him a $1,000 fine.
“With the recent detection of the African Swine Fever in the Dominican Republic, it is important that no pork products are brought into the U.S., said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha. “Pork products have the potential to introduce foreign animal diseases that can be detrimental to our agriculture industry.”
The meat was destroyed by the CBP.