Texas man caught trying to smuggle 350 lbs of meat across the border


Briana Zamora-Nipper, KPRC/Click2Houston (TX)

September 4, 2021


U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents made a meaty seizure in late August when they confiscated 350 pounds of contraband meat at the Texas-Mexico border.


The agents discovered the meat, approximately 320 pounds of pork bologna and 30 pounds of turkey ham, hidden in a Texas manís vehicle, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


When the man, a 20-year-old El Paso resident, presented himself for inspection at the border around 6 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 26, agriculture specialists discovered 31 rolls of bologna and two rolls of turkey ham concealed under blankets, under seats, in the carís center console, and inside a duffel bag, according to the release.


The man told border officials he had planned to resell the meat in the U.S. The agents issued the man a $1,000 civil penalty and seized and destroyed the meat, according to the release.


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