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Bunch Of Baloney: Border Agents Seize 227 Pounds Of Contraband Bologna From Woman

Customs and Border Protection West Texas
Bologna is considered contraband.

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Bologna and the border; oil and gas activity is waking up “dead” earthquake fault lines; your new favorite Texas podcasts; and more.

A woman initially told Customs and Border Protection agents in El Paso that she had nothing to declare in her car as she was entering the country from Mexico, but it was a bunch of baloney.

Over 200 pounds of bologna, actually. The 23 tubes of meat were hidden under the rear seats of her car.


The discovery last week was made at a secondary examination station and after the woman amended her declaration statement, according to Customs and Border Protection.


Yes, bologna is considered contraband. It’s a prohibited product because it contains pork, which could introducing foreign animal diseases to the U.S. pork industry.


Officers seized and destroyed the bologna and the driver was a given a $1,000 fine.

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