An American citizen was detained after trying to smuggle pure, uncut Mexican bologna into the U.S.
A New Mexico resident has been cited after federal officials say he tried to smuggle 76 pounds of illicit lunch meat from Mexico by hiding it in a spare tire.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said last week that the eight rolls of Mexican bologna were discovered aboard a truck at an El Paso port of entry on Friday.
Officers detected an anomaly in the appearance of a Ford F-150 as it arrived at the Paso Del Norte international crossing port. Agents scanned the spare tire with a density meter. When they opened the spare tire, officials said agents found the bologna hidden inside.
The street value of the seized bologna is close to $50 million, if it’s sold in individually-wrapped slices.