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CBP Agriculture Specialists at Laredo Port of Entry Seize over 1,700 Pieces of Prohibited Fruit, $1,000 Penalty Assessed

Release Date: 
April 26, 2012

Laredo, Texas - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists at the Laredo Port of Entry on Tuesday seized more than 1,700 pieces of prohibited fruit and other items from a single traveler.

Seized produce at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge, TX.

CBP agriculture specialists in Laredo discovered multiple boxes containing more than 1,700 pieces of prohibited fruit during a recent inspection at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge.

The seizure occurred on April 23, 2012 during a routine examination at Colombia-Solidarity Bridge. A CBP officer referred a 2005 Ford Econoline van driven by a 46-year-old male resident of Lakeland, Fla. for a secondary examination. A CBP agriculture specialist conducted an intensive examination of the conveyance and discovered commercial quantities of prohibited fruits, including: 1,550 mangos, 100 guavas, 39 mamey sapotes, 27 passion fruits, two kilograms of hog plums, half a kilogram of pork skins and half a kilogram of red rice. A CBP agriculture specialist issued a $1,000 penalty for failure to declare prohibited agricultural products and seized the prohibited agricultural items.

Illegal produce seized by CBP officers in Laredo, TX.

CBP agriculture specialists in Laredo seized more than 1,700 pieces of prohibited fruit shown here in the agriculture specialist fruit cutting and inspection area.

A CBP agriculture specialist also discovered fruit fly larvae in the mangos, guavas and mamey sapotes. A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant pathologist positively identified the larvae as Anastrepha sp.

"Our frontline agriculture specialists did a fantastic job and seized a commercial amount of prohibited fruit coming through the passenger vehicles lanes," said Sidney Aki, CBP Port Director, Laredo. "The discovery of fruit fly larvae underscores the importance of CBP's agricultural mission and protecting American agriculture from pests not known to exist in the U.S."

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017