1,700 pieces of banned fruit seized at border
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists seized more than 1,700 pieces of prohibited fruit and other items from a single traveler.
The seizure occurred at the Laredo Port of Entry on Tuesday during a routine examination at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge.
A CBP officer referred a 2005 Ford Econoline van driven by a 46-year-old man from Lakeland, Fla., for a secondary examination and discovered commercial quantities of prohibited fruits, including: 1,550 mangos, 100 guavas, 39 mamey sapotes, 27 passion fruits, two kilograms of hog plums, half a kilogram of pork skins and half a kilogram of red rice.
A CBP agriculture specialist issued a $1,000 penalty for failure to declare prohibited agricultural products and seized the prohibited agricultural items.
A CBP agriculture specialist also discovered fruit fly larvae in the mangos, guavas and mamey sapotes. A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant pathologist positively identified the larvae as Anastrepha sp.
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