LAREDO, TEXAS – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialists recently seized more than 120 lbs of prohibited fresh pork and poultry meat.

CBP discovered the meat when a white minivan arrived at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge and the driver was referred for a secondary examination. A negative declaration for fruits, meats, vegetables, plants or any prohibited ag product was received.

“This significant prohibited meat seizure exemplifies the importance of CBP’s agriculture mission in preventing the spread of potential animal diseases that could risk public safety and inflict harm on our nation’s agricultural economy,” said Alberto Flores, port director for Laredo Port of Entry.

During the examination, CBP officers discovered packages containing a total of 117 lbs of fresh pork and nearly 7 lbs of fresh poultry hidden within the vehicle. 

Agriculture specialists issued the driver a $1,000 penalty for attempting to import and failing to declare the prohibited agriculture products.