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More than 200 pounds of unclaimed bologna seized at border crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 23 rolls of Mexican bologna weighing 227 pounds on Nov. 30, 2017. Credit: CBP

More than 200 pounds of contraband bologna was seized at a local port of entry Wednesday morning.

A woman was driving into the U.S. around 7 a.m. through the Paso Del Norte crossing when she initially told U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers that she wasn’t carrying any fruits, vegetables, meat or any other type of contraband, officials said.

During a secondary exam, the woman said she was carrying “Salchicha” in her car, and officers found the meat under the floor mats of the car, officials said.

“CBP is entrusted with enforcing hundreds of laws for dozens other government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and others,” said Beverly Good, CBP El Paso port director. “These agencies require that unsafe items are not allowed to enter the United States. CBP officers are always on duty at our ports of entry and assume the responsibility of protecting America from all threats.”

In total, 23 rolls of Mexican bologna weighing 227 pounds were seized. The woman was given a $1,000 penalty, officials said.

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