Cincinnati agents seize almost 5K pounds of illegal Mexican fruit

Cincinnati agents seize almost 5K pounds of illegal Mexican fruit
Cincinnati U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture agents seize more than 4,850 pounds of illegal fruit from Mexico
Cincinnati U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture agents seize more than 4,850 pounds of illegal fruit from Mexico
Cincinnati U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture agents seize more than 4,850 pounds of illegal fruit from Mexico

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Customs and Border Protection agriculture agents say they found two tons of prohibited fruit.

Officials say since Jan. 1, CBP agriculture specialists in Cincinnati have intercepted more than 4,850 pounds of mangoes, strawberry guava, and grugru fruit from Mexico.

The fresh fruit came in 97 separate packages from a single shipper in Morelos and were shipped to multiple locations throughout the U.S. officials say.

The shipments were disguised as crafts, decorations, dried fruits, and flours, officials say.

"Our agriculture specialists work to protect our U.S. crops and food supply each and every day," said CBP Cincinnati Supervisory Agriculture Specialist Barbara Hassan. "This is one example of how their dedication makes a difference to security of the American agriculture trade."

Officials say fresh produce is regulated to prevent the the introduction of foreign diseases and pests like the mango seed weevil, guava weevils, and fruit flies.

Fruit flies target more than 400 host plants, and officials say their presence in the U.S. would cause 'major economic losses,' costs associated with implementing control measures, and extensive damage to many American agriculture crops.

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