Bologna, mustard and an arrest to-go!
A New Mexico man found himself in trouble after police say he tried to smuggle 200 pounds of deli meat across the U.S.-Mexico border.
The unnamed 49-year-old was arrested on Feb. 7 in New Mexico and agents seized 22 rolls of Mexican bologna.
The contraband meat weighed 194 bounds and was destroyed, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office.
The driver was issued a $500 citation.
Transpiration of the pork was illegal because it could introduce foreign animal diseases to the U.S. pork industry, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office.
When the suspect went across the border, agents performed an inspection and saw multiple red rolls of deli meat in the vehicle's trunk, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office.
More rolls were found hidden inside his luggage.
"It is important that travelers understand they should declare all items they are transporting from abroad to avoid fines and penalties. A properly declared prohibited item can be abandoned at the port without consequence," Customs and Border Protection Columbus Port Director Tony Hall said in announcing the incident.
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