El Paso Times
July 14, 2011, 4:18PM

Chicharrones anyone?

Not for one man who was busted on Saturday, accused of trying to smuggle pickled pork skins at the the Paso del Norte bridge.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said the Denver man was crossing at the pedestrian bridge when X-ray examination discovered 3 kilograms of the pork skins hidden in a container of coffee creamer.

The goods were confiscated and destroyed and the man was fined $300. Had the man been honest and declared the prohibited items, he could have avoided the fine, officials said.

Since Saturday, CBP officers and agricultural specialists working at the El Paso port of entry have made seven seizures of prohibited agricultural products. Violators were assessed penalties totaling $1,825. Prohibited items include pork skins, raw pork, chorizo, apples, avocados, potatoes and fresh eggs.

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