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Unusual Cargo Uncovered: Lamb Chops and Hundreds of Smoked Fish

Customs agents at Ben Gurion Airport uncovered dozens of kilograms worth of lamb chops and smoked fish in luggage belonging to a tourist from Moscow. When asked about the cargo, the tourist responded: “this is food for my family.” Customs agents have a different theory

Jul 02, 2014, 10:28PM | Jacob Northbrook
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A 50-year-old tourist from Moscow was carrying unusual cargo upon his arrival to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. The man’s luggage contained hundreds of smoked fish wrapped in newspaper, tens of kilograms worth of lamb chops and dozens of jars of jam.
The tourist, who carried four pieces of luggage, raised customs’ agents’ suspicions due to the heavy load he was carrying. They later discovered the unusual cargo after passing the luggage through the airport’s x-ray machine.
Upon being questioned, the man claimed that the food was brought as a gift to his family. According to customs’ agents the man was attempting to smuggle the food with the intention of selling it to local butchers specializing in Eastern European cuisine.
“The goods were brought without approval and under improper conditions,” said the customs representative, “and therefore were likely to prove a risk to public safety.” The food was slated for destruction.
Luggage raised suspicions
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