Every day you hear about the Mexican cartels smuggling drugs (heroin, meth, cocaine) into the US in ever more ingenious ways, so you would think that border patrol is letting it’s guard slip when it comes to other goods.
Not so, is what a woman coming from El Paso found out this week when she was presented with a fine for trying to sneak in 227 pounds of bologna sausages into the USA.
According to the official police report, the woman approached the border crossing at Paso Del Norte at 7 am this Wednesday morning and cheerfully declared she had absolutely no fruits, vegetables, meat or any other contraband in her car.
In a first search, this was indeed confirmed, and police found nothing in the car. Unfortunately for her, just at that moment, a patrol with dogs approached and they got super excited when they approached the car. So when the sniffing dogs present wagged their tails at great speed, it caused the suspicion of the border patrol agents, and they let the dogs do a second search.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBP?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CBP</a> wants to let you know this bologna has a first name it’s S-E-I-Z-E-D. <a href="https://t.co/khtgPPgSUR">https://t.co/khtgPPgSUR</a> <a href="https://t.co/nYdgvuemfQ">pic.twitter.com/nYdgvuemfQ</a></p>— CBP West Texas (@CBPWestTexas) <a href="https://twitter.com/CBPWestTexas/status/936625909137801216?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">1 December 2017</a></blockquote>
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When they opened a space underneath the passenger seat in the back, they found the 23 rolls of Mexican salchichas, or sausage. Some were even stashed under the floor mats.
Sausages are considered illegal for entry into the US due to the fact that they can spread foreign animal diseases which are risky for the local pork industry.
The woman was hit with a $1,000 fine for the contraband.
This wasn’t the first time this year that Mexican women tried to smuggle salchichas though, as CBP officials in New Mexico had a similar case two months ago.