Seattle men busted at the border with illegal candy
SEATTLE -- Two Seattle men were recently pinched crossing the Canadian border, but the men weren't carrying guns or drugs -- they were packing illegal candy.
Brandon Loo and Christopher Sweeney were on a trip to Vancouver when they decided to bring home some treats for friends and family.
They bought Kinder Eggs. The chocolate eggs, which aren't available in America, come with a toy inside.
Without thinking much of it, the duo picked up six of the eggs before heading home.
"We packed it in the back of the car because we weren't going to eat them," Loo said.
When they got to the border, the guards began searching the car and soon found the eggs.
"He said, 'Are you aware Kinder Eggs are illegal in the United States and carry a $2,500 fine per egg?' And I actually laughed," Sweeney said.
As it turns out, Kinder Eggs are banned from the United States because they contain a "non-nutritive object embedded" inside them.
Loo and Sweeney spent two-and-a-half hours in a border detention center pleading their case to officers.
"They wasted our time," Sweeney said. "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 men eventually got off with a warning. Last year alone, Customs and Border Protection seized 25,000 Kinder Eggs.
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on July 17, 2012 but is making the rounds on the internet again.