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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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11 Things Only a Person From a Big Latino Family Will Understand


11 Things Only a Person From a Big Latino Family Will Understand

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Large Latino families function as their own telenovela. From the villainess, a.k.a. your evil prima, to the very complicated plot twists, it’s a miracle if we make it out sane. At the same time, there is nothing more comforting as your familia.

Someone is always around to pick up all the chisme.

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When you live with 5+ people, no room is ever available to take a call. Mom find out about eeeeeverything.

Someone’s always annoying you.

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Like, for real though, when there are 8 people living in one house you are bound to get sick of someone’s shit.

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Privacy? HA!

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Good luck even getting a lock on your bedroom door. Mami doesn’t believe in that.

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Getting to the bathroom in the morning looks a little like this…

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I swear, if Miguel is still in the bathroom in ten minutes I am kicking the door down.

READ: You Couldn’t Go to a Family Party Without Hearing All This Sh*t From Mom

People can never tell if you are a family or a tour group.

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And with mami in front holding a map and yelling directions, it doesn’t make it any easier to decipher what is going on.

There is a birthday party every damn weekend.

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What’s worse than giving up your weekends to celebrate every birthday? Having to buy them presents. -_-

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It is very rare to find a restaurant that can seat everyone in the family inside.

Or please everyone’s tastebuds.

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You always discover new tías, tíos and primos at every family reunion.

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Abuleita: Recuerdes de Juanita. She is your tía on your grandfather’s side.

Tía (?) Juanita: I used to take care of you when you were little. You probably don’t remember. Don’t you remember?

Me: Oh yeah… ?

With sisters, there’s always moments like these…

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But you get over it like ASAP.

No doubt the best part is you always have a strong, indivisible force of Latinos around you.

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And they’ve always got your back no matter what ?.

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