Man Tries To Smuggle 2 Parrots Hidden Inside Shoe Box From Mexico Into US – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
EL PASO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at ports of entry in El Paso, west Texas and New Mexico seized all kinds of things over the past seven days, together with medication, unreported foreign money, prohibited meals merchandise and extra.
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“The vast majority of the thousands of people CBP officers encounter on a daily basis are involved in legitimate trade and travel,” stated CBP El Paso Director of Field Operation Hector Mancha. “However the attention to detail and professionalism exhibited by the CBP workforce will routinely identify and uncover those who choose to participate in illegal activity.”
One of essentially the most uncommon seizures of the week occurred March 8 on the Columbus port of entry in southern New Mexico when CBP officers encountered a person trying to smuggle two parrots from Mexico to the U.S. CBP officers had been performing a main inspection of a automobile that arrived from Palomas and obtained a damaging declaration for any crops, meals or animals. The driver stated that he had nothing to declare.
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The automobile was referred for a secondary examination throughout which a CBP agriculture specialists discovered a shoe field hidden beneath the middle console of the automotive. When they opened the field they found two reside birds. The driver of the automotive deserted the birds and was assessed a $300 civil penalty. The parrots had been seized and turned over to USDA veterinary companies for processing. The seized birds had been confirmed by U.S. Fish & Wildlife as CITES I species, Lilac-Crowned Parrots (Amazona finschi).
In addition to the birds, officers made 21 drug seizures this week. The contraband included methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and marijuana. They additionally seized prohibited medicines from 4 border crossers.
Nineteen folks with National Crime Information Center warrants had been arrested as nicely. Enforcement exercise additionally included 5 seizures of unreported foreign money, one ammunition seizure, and three export violations.
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CBP agriculture specialists assessed penalties in 9 circumstances this week throughout which vacationers tried to import prohibited gadgets like mangos, poultry, contemporary eggs, pork oranges, avocados, peppers and reside crops.