Prohibited pork found in cereal box - Tucson News Now

Prohibited pork found in cereal box

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. 

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Documents, video reveal new information in Jayden Glomb's death

    Documents, video reveal new information in Jayden Glomb's death

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 12:36 AM EDT2017-07-26 04:36:12 GMT
    Josh Lelevier (Source: Tucson Police Department)Josh Lelevier (Source: Tucson Police Department)

    This new footage has enabled detectives to create a timeline into Jayden's death.

    This new footage has enabled detectives to create a timeline into Jayden's death.

  • THINK ABOUT IT EDITORIAL: Sun Tran avoids repeat strike

    THINK ABOUT IT EDITORIAL: Sun Tran avoids repeat strike

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 11:58 PM EDT2017-07-26 03:58:29 GMT

    Let’s give a shout out and a little praise, with reservations, for the way the Teamsters and Sun Tran management pulled together to avoid another long, frustrating bus strike?  After all, One of the things we have NOT had to report on recently is a long, drawn out bus strike.

    Let’s give a shout out and a little praise, with reservations, for the way the Teamsters and Sun Tran management pulled together to avoid another long, frustrating bus strike?  After all, One of the things we have NOT had to report on recently is a long, drawn out bus strike.

  • Tucsonans react to the healthcare debate in Washington D.C.

    Tucsonans react to the healthcare debate in Washington D.C.

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 12:00 AM EDT2017-07-26 04:00:48 GMT
    Bill Gibson, just one of thousands in Arizona on Medicaid. (Source: Tucson News Now)Bill Gibson, just one of thousands in Arizona on Medicaid. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    "I try not to worry about things I can't do something about," Bill Gibson said. He is likely to lose his health care coverage if the present Senate alternative passes, along with an estimated 22 to 32 million others.

    "I try not to worry about things I can't do something about," Bill Gibson said. He is likely to lose his health care coverage if the present Senate alternative passes, along with an estimated 22 to 32 million others.

Powered by Frankly