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Published October 11, 2011, 09:03 PM

Border Patrol: More Than 8,000 Plant, Fruit Items Seized at ND, MN Ports in 3 Months

PEMBINA, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection nabbed quite a few prohibited agriculture items in June, July and August.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

PEMBINA, ND (WDAZ-TV) - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection nabbed quite a few prohibited agriculture items in June, July and August.

The patrol says more than 8,000 fruit and plant items were seized from travelers entering the United States from Canada at various ports throughout North Dakota and Minnesota.

According to a release issued Tuesday, one of the people caught with a prohibited item had to pay up to $300.

18 of the interceptions was found to be infested with insects or plant diseases that pose a threat to the U.S. agriculture industry.

Of the significant pest interceptions were several Phlaeothripidae or thrips at the Portal, ND, port of entry.

The bugs are considered major pests because they often attack commercially traded plants and crops. The bugs feed on developing flowers, fruits or vegetables cause discoloration, deformities and reduced marketability of the crop.

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