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Oct 31, 2012 12:24 PM by Faye DeHoff

Woman fined for trying to smuggle 'duck eggs' into Arizona

SAN LUIS, AZ - You can't get drugs past Customs and Border Protection officers, but also duck eggs.

A woman was fined $300.00 for attempting to sneak 12 duck eggs past CPB officers at the Port of San Luis.

On Friday, Oct. 26th, Maria Dolores De Arce Aguirre was fined after CBP agriculture specialists found a dozen undeclared duck eggs nestled in the middle of her clothes in a bag she was carrying through the pedestrian lane. The eggs were destroyed as per port policy.

"The agriculture specialists are commended for their hard work in this particular penalty-seizure," said Acting Port Director Robert L. Schroeder. "They have once again protected our agriculture, natural resources and U.S. economy."

Eggs and egg products from regions affected by Exotic Newcastle Disease (END) and Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) remain prohibited regardless if those items are for personal consumption.

Travelers can learn the difference between restricted and prohibited merchandise before attempting to bring items into the United States by visiting the Restricted/Prohibited section of the CBP website at: .

Travelers may also get information about fruits, meats, dairy/poultry products and firewood on the website.

CBP officers are authorized to inspect personal belongings without a search warrant. This includes luggage, vehicles and personal searches.

CBP's agriculture specialists have extensive training and experience in agricultural and biological inspection to prevent the introduction of harmful plant pests and foreign animal diseases into the United States that could potentially devastate entire segments of the U.S. agriculture-related economy.

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