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CBP Stops Illegal Importation of Shark Fins

Release Date: 
December 22, 2011

San Ysidro, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at the San Ysidro port of entry yesterday stopped the illegal importation of almost 29 pounds of shark fins.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at the San Ysidro port of entry stopped the illegal importation of almost 29 pounds of shark fins.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at the San Ysidro port of entry stopped the illegal importation of almost 29 pounds of shark fins.

On Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at about 10:15 a.m. a 54-year-old female Mexican citizen entered the port as a pedestrian and was asked to place her belongings through an x-ray machine. An agriculture specialist noticed that two of the woman's bags had what appeared to be shark fins.

A special agent with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) responded to the port, took custody of the shark fins, and issued a citation to the woman for violation of the Lacey Act. (Office of Law Enforcement)

CBP cancelled the woman's visa and she was returned to Mexico.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017