Man receives fine after attempting to smuggle salami

Sunday, December 26, 2004

PERTH, Australia -- Customs officials in Australia are serious about the country's quarantine laws -- and that's no baloney.

A Swiss national discovered that when he was caught at Perth International Airport trying to smuggle a salami in his luggage. Dylan Pascal Graves was fined $3,057.

Australia has strict quarantine laws, and customs officials inspect all incoming flights for agricultural pests and food that could carry diseases. Sniffer dogs patrol airport terminals and luggage is X-rayed.

Graves twice told customs officials that he was not carrying any food, but an X-ray revealed salami concealed in his luggage. When asked why he had not declared the salami, Graves said he had planned to eat it.

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