If you're an agriculture agent for U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Dulles International Airport, this find announced Tuesday has to be near the top of the list regarding the weird.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Amaziah Hohenkirk, a Guyanese citizen, was stopped after arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport from Georgetown, Guyana, via Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
One of the two women traveling from Mongolia, claimed the items were for medicinal purposes.
The horse meat was hidden in juice boxes, Customs and Border Protection said.
Horsemeat that does not have an official government horsemeat certification from the country or government it originates from is prohibited from entering the US, officials said.
Neither woman was criminally charged, and CBP officers released them to continue their visit. CBP announced the seizures Thursday; the meat was seized on January 29. "We're in the business of protecting America's agriculture industries, like the livestock industry, from the potential introduction of animal diseases posed by these unpermitted food products".
The agency said it incinerated all of the food products the women brought with them.
Horse meat is prohibited from entering the country unless the traveler has an official government horse meat certification from the country of origination.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers arrested a 32-year-old Mexican citizen at the Port of Nogales on Wednesday after finding 30 pounds of heroin in the gas tank of his motorcycle.