Bugs and plants seized at border
Web Producer: Rikki Mitchell
NOGALES, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - In two separate incidents, agricultural specialists seized a large number of live and dead bugs, and more than two dozen plants.
Officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection tell KGUN9 that at the Nogales Port of Entry last week , specialists found at least 65 live and dead insects concealed in a vehicle trying to enter the U.S. from Mexico.
The driver denied having any agricultural items, but the vehicle was taken for a secondary inspection.
A specialist found more than two dozen live plants, and insect specimens inside a suitcase.
When the driver was asked to turn out his pockets, officers found more insects. He told them he was a PhD student at the University of Arizona, but the insects and soil were submitted to the local U.S. Department of Agriculture for identification.
In a separate incident the next day, specialists found another insect collection with 86 bugs. The specimens were detained by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for inspection and entry determination.
Both drivers paid a civil penalty for failure to declare the bugs and plants.
For information on restricted and prohibited items, visit the CBP website.