Woman trying to enter US with illegal meat fined $1,000

Bologna seized by Customs and Border Patrol

EL PASO, Texas (Fox 32 News) - A woman trying to enter the United States with 227 pounds of illegal bologna was fined $1,000.

The woman was stopped at the El Paso entry on Wednesday. Customs and Border Protection officers said that she initially told inspectors she did not have any banned items in the car. Asked a second time, she said she had "Salchicha" in the car under the floor mats. She had 23 rolls of the Mexican bologna.

The CBP said that bologna is prohibited because it is made from pork and could potentially introduce foreign animal diseases into the U.S. pork industry.