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Illegal shark fins confiscated at San Ysidro border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized nearly 29 pounds of shark fins illegally brought into the country at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, officials confirmed Friday.

SAN YSIDRO (CNS) - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized nearly 29 pounds of shark fins illegally brought into the country at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, officials confirmed Friday.

A 54-year-old woman entered the border through the pedestrian crossing about 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

She was asked to place her belongings through an X-ray machine. An agricultural specialist noticed the illegal shark fins on two of the woman's bags, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson Angelica De Cima said.

The woman, who is a Mexican citizen, was cited for violating the Lacey Act, a federal fish and wildlife trafficking law. Her visa was canceled and she was returned to Mexico, De Cima said.