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.