Thursday, December 22, 2011
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists working at the San Ysidro port of entry said they stopped the illegal importation of almost 29 pounds of shark fins.
Agents said a 54-year-old Mexican citizen entered the port Wednesday as a pedestrian and was asked to place her belongings through an x-ray machine.
An agriculture specialist noticed two of the woman's bags had what appeared to be shark fins.
A special agent with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration responded to the port, took custody of the shark fins, and issued a citation to the woman for violation of the Lacey Act.
CBP said the woman's visa was cancelled, and she was returned to Mexico.