Hundreds of pounds of Mexican mortadella, which could carry foreign animal diseases, were seized at a port of entry in El Paso this week.

EE. UU Customs and Border Protection officials and agricultural specialists seized 23 rolls of Mexican bologna around 7 am Wednesday at the Paso del Norte international crossing, customs officials said.

A woman, whose name was not disclosed, tried to cross the bridge and allegedly did not declare that she was carrying meat products, authorities said.

The woman's vehicle was selected for a secondary inspection, during which she allegedly admitted to the officers that she had "sausage," Spanish for mortadella, in the car. [19659005] CBP agriculture specialists found 227 pounds of bologna under the car's mats, authorities said.

The Mexican Bolognese was confiscated and then destroyed by the officers.

The woman was fined $ 1,000.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized about 227 pounds of Mexican Bologna under the car's mats Wednesday at the Paso del Norte international crossing. (Photo courtesy of US Customs and Border Protection)

It is illegal to bring Mexican bologna to the United States because "it is made from pork and has the potential to introduce foreign animal diseases to the swine industry in the United States," they said. the functionaries. [19659014] "CBP has the responsibility to apply hundreds of laws to dozens of other government agencies, such as the US Department of Agriculture, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and others," he said. a statement the port director CBP El Paso, Beverly Good. "These agencies require that unsafe items are not allowed to enter the US The CBP officers are always on duty at our ports of entry and badume responsibility for protecting the United States from all threats."

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