Border Patrol Seizes 230 Pounds Of Illegal Cheese

John Rosman
January 9, 2013

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents patrolling the Santa Teresa, N.M. port of entry were surprised to discover 230 pounds of cheese in a pickup truck late Friday night.

According to the press release “the contraband queso” was packaged in three large ice chests. Referring to the 10-pound range individuals are allowed to haul over the border, CBP Santa Teresa Port director Joane Thale-Lembo said, “This shipment certainly exceeded that quantity and was therefore seized and destroyed.”

The 50-year old Colorado driver was charged a $300 civil penalty. Unfortunately, the CBP never specified the intent of the cheese smuggler. I would like to think he was seeking to make the world’s largest nacho plate. I guess we’ll never know.

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