Cheese smuggler intercepted at Arizona border

2013-05-16T15:50:00Z 2014-01-29T17:22:08Z Cheese smuggler intercepted at Arizona borderArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Border officers at the Lukeville crossing made a big bust this week, taking down a smuggler in a “queso” cheese trafficking.

During questioning the van’s driver fessed up to carrying a load — some five keys of cheese.

Instead of 11 pounds, however, border agriculture inspectors uncovered about 223 pounds of cheese hidden throughout the van, according to a news release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“The concealed, unpasteurized ruminant cheese was seized for not meeting import requirements” the release says.

The news release did not provide a value estimate for the cheese. The unidentified man was cut loose with a fine.

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