Customs and Border Protection confiscates 500 pounds of illegal mangos at the U.S.-Mexico border

Customs and Border Protection agents in Laredo, Texas, have recently made a significant seizure at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge. They managed to confiscate a staggering 500 pounds of unauthorized mangos.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, CBP intercepted a truck at the border crossing and uncovered forbidden items.

In a statement released on Thursday, CBP reported that officers discovered a number of prohibited agricultural items within boxes and coolers during their inspection of the vehicle and trailer.

Upon closer inspection, it was discovered that a whopping 220 kilograms of mangoes, along with 30 coconuts, 9 kilograms of cashew fruit, 1.5 kilograms of nance fruit, 2.5 kilograms of sweet potato, and approximately 5.5 kilograms of pork products were found, as stated by CBP.

To protect agriculture and native species, the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has implemented regulations for the entry of plant species into the country.

According to CBP, agriculture specialists are responsible for enforcing USDA quarantines in order to prevent the introduction of plant pests and diseases that may harm the agricultural sector in the United States.

The authorities imposed a $1,000 civil fine on the American driver for carrying the prohibited agricultural products in the vehicle.

Laredo Port of Entry Port Director Albert Flores emphasized the crucial role of CBP agriculture specialists in safeguarding the United States by intercepting and confiscating a substantial quantity of banned agricultural items. This demonstrates their unwavering commitment to prevent the entry of harmful and prohibited agricultural products into the country.

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