PHOENIX — U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at the Port of Phoenix recently took possession of a trio of undeclared fruit trees.
On Aug. 30, personnel from the Phoenix Sky Harbor CBP cargo office were checking an arriving flight from Mexico City when an agriculture canine alerted to a passenger’s luggage.
The canine, a member of CBP’s Beagle Brigade, detected eight plants, which were not declared – three of which were small fruit trees (citrus, guava, and fig) – for planting. The undeclared items were seized and the subject was issued a civil penalty. The plants were inspected for pests and destroyed.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.