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CBP Intercepts Fruit Trees

Release Date: 
September 4, 2014

PHOENIX — U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists at the Port of Phoenix recently took possession of a trio of undeclared fruit trees.

Agriculture Specialists at the Port of Phoenix seize undeclared fruit trees from within passenger baggage inspected by CBP Beagle Brigade canine personnel.

Agriculture Specialists at the Port of Phoenix seize undeclared fruit trees from within passenger baggage inspected by CBP Beagle Brigade canine personnel.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017