I like tamales so I’m curious about what made the ones confiscated at LAX today so special that they were smuggled into the U.S.. And what food safety parameters they were being transported under.
According to USA Today, a traveler from Mexico was detained after authorities found 450 pork tamales in a suitcase.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday that the traveler’s customs form acknowledged the person was carrying food, but the traveler lied when asked if there was any meat.
A search turned up the individually wrapped pork tamales. The CBP enforces federal regulations on importing meat, which carry disease risks.
The traveler was assessed a $1,000 civil penalty for commercial activity with the intent to distribute.