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Operation Snapshot Makes Valentine's Day Visit to San Ysidro Port of Entry

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Agriculture, Weights and Measures (AWM) participated in an agricultural “sting” operation at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Valentine's Day.  Hosted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the cooperative multi-agency team involved AWM representatives and CBP agents and a dog team.  The goal was to intercept key host materials of invasive agricultural pests and diseases considered to pose potential economic threats to local agriculture.  Historically, a high volume of plant material, such as floral arrangements, has moved between Mexico and the U.S. on Valentine’s Day.  A total of 153 vehicles were inspected for undeclared or prohibited materials including choisya (a small genus of aromatic evergreen shrubs in the rue family, Rutaceae), chrysanthemums, apples, oranges, mangos, pork products, poultry products, fresh seafood, lemon grass and juniper stems, resulting in the issuance of two penalties.  The event was very successful, and CBP Chief Hector Baez enthusiastically sought AWM participants for future operations.