Two Men Stopped at U.S. Border for Illegal Candy

The chocolate eggs are illegal in the U.S. because children could choke on the small plastic toys inside

By Reena Roy
|  Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012  |  Updated 2:33 PM EDT
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Two Men Stopped at U.S. Border for Illegal Candy

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Kinder Eggs (not shown here) are illegal in the U.S. because of the toy inside.

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Two Seattle men got stopped at the Canadian border for attempting to bring home several chocolate eggs for friends and family.

Brandon Loo and Christopher Sweeney were driving back from a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia when U.S. border guards discovered six illegal Kinder Eggs in their car, Seattle-based KOMO-TV reported.

Loo and Sweeney said they were then held for two hours in a detention center and told each egg carried a $2,500 fine.

The chocolate eggs are illegal in the U.S. because children could choke on the small plastic toys inside.

Loo and Sweeney eventually got off with a warning.

"They wasted our time," Sweeney told KOMO-TV. "They wasted the money spent on the agents to do this and there are other cars that went through without checking them at all."

The U.S. Customs and Border agency confiscated more than 60,000 of the illegal sweets from travelers’ baggage and international packages last year, according to The Associated Press. 

 


 

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