Latest Bust at US Border: 385 Pounds of Bologna
Officers seize illegal bologna at New Mexico crossing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2011 12:43 PM CDT
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Santa Teresa seized 385 pounds of the Mexican contraband meat from behind the seat of a pickup that stopped at the port on Friday.   (?Brad.K)

(Newser) – It wasn't drugs or human trafficking but illegal bologna that caught the attention of border agents at a New Mexico port of entry. US Customs and Border Protection officers in Santa Teresa seized 385 pounds of the Mexican contraband meat from behind the seat of a pickup that stopped at the port last weekend. It's illegal to bring the bologna across the border because it's made of pork and has the potential to introduce foreign animal diseases into the US pork industry.

Usually officers see one or two rolls of bologna, but not 35, as in this case. Officials say it was the largest bologna bust ever recorded at the Santa Teresa crossing. The 33-year-old Mexican man who was transporting the meat was assessed a $1,000 fine and released.
 

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