By Allie Herriot, Tucson News Now Intern
NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists seized pork products hidden in a cereal box at the Port of Mariposa.
The officers referred the car for an additional inspection and an agriculture canine alerted to a cereal box containing close to three pounds of pork products wrapped in a towel. Initially, the female driver, who was trying to enter the United states, said she had nothing to declare.
The pork products were taken and destroyed. The driver received a fine for failure to declare the prohibited product.
The agriculture canine is part of the Beagle Brigade, which became part of Homeland Security after 9/11. Not all of the agriculture canines are beagles, the type of breed depends on the location where they are working. CBP agriculture canines sniff out prohibited agricultural goods at international airports, mail facilities and on the Mexican and Canadian land border.
The canine is specially trained and sits to alert the CBP agriculture specialist. The specialist then inspects the vehicle for the item. Drivers can be fined up to $1000 immediately if they are found with a prohibited item that they did not declare. The items are seized and destroyed to eliminate the spreading of diseases or pests.
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