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CBP Agriculture Specialists Seize Live Bird

Release Date: 
January 22, 2014

Nogales, Ariz. — Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to the Tucson Field Office seized a live parakeet last Thursday.

Officers at the Mariposa Port referred a 41-year-old California man for an intensive agriculture inspection when he attempted to enter the United States. As part of enhanced operational elements of Operation Paisano, a CBP Agriculture Specialist located a live pet parakeet concealed inside a camera bag. The prohibited bird was seized under the Animal Health Protection Act and the man was fined. He was released without further incident after agreeing to pay a fine on-site.

All birds (except birds from Canada), as distinguished from poultry or unaccompanied birds, imported into the United States must be quarantined for 30 days at a USDA bird quarantine facility. The importer is responsible for making the necessary arrangements for quarantine as well as obtaining health certificates in the country of origin. Birds including pet birds may also be subject to U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Services (FWS) regulations. Pet birds are regulated since they can carry the viral and bacterial diseases of concern including Avian influenza (AI), Exotic Newcastle disease (END) and Psittacosis. The bird was placed in a quarantine isolation crate and transferred to the bird holding facility and turned over to USDA-Veterinary Services.

Operation Paisano is a joint operation with Office of Border Patrol and Office of Air & Marine.

Office of Field Operations and the Government of Mexico to interdict narcotics, human, weapons and other illegal contraband smuggling during the season of increased foot and vehicle traffic at all Arizona land border ports and areas between.

Individuals arrested are charged with a criminal complaint, which raises no inference of guilt.  An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CBP's Office of Field Operations is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an anti-terrorism mission at our nation’s ports. CBP officers screen all people, vehicles and goods entering the United States while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. Their mission also includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction, enforcing immigration and trade laws, and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017