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.
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.
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.