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Someone at LAX was Busted for Bringing in 450 Illegal Tamales from Mexico

The holidays are almost upon us and you know what that means…


Pretty soon, this will be your diet:


Recently, someone at Los Angeles International Airport had their tamal dreams ruined.  A passenger who stocked up for tamal season tried to bring in 450 pork tamales through customs.

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Why 450? Well, because everyone knows…

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But US Customs and Border Protection agents had one thing to say:


According to, the passenger lied and said “no” when asked if the passenger was bringing in any pork products into the country. After agriculture specialists inspected the passenger’s bags, they found the pork tamales.

The passenger was fined $1,000 for “commercial activity with the intent to distribute” the tamales.


“Commercial activity”? Do they know that 450 tamales will only last a weekend in a Latino household?

The US Customs and Border Protection said they’re not tamal grinches:

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“Although tamales are a popular holiday tradition, foreign meat products can carry serious animal diseases from countries affected by outbreaks of Avian Influenza, Mad Cow and Swine Fever,” Anne Maricich, the Acting Director of CBP Field Operations in L.A. told

Not only was the passenger fined, according to officials, the tamales were later “destroyed.”


No word on what “destroyed” means, but here’s a guess:


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