Customs agents processed millions of flowers for Valentine’s Day

The United States Customs Office processes shipments that are curried from overseas by passenger planes regularly but recently the cargo has been anything but normal.  Customs agents processed millions of flowers in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day that were destined for the arms of sweethearts across the country.  You may be surprised to learn that most of these flowers came from Colombia and Ecuador.  In fact this South American nation supplies about half of the world’s cut flowers.  This is primarily due to the Colombian climate, which is very favorable for growing flowers including the Valentine’s Day favorite, roses.

So what was it about romantic bunches of roses that had U.S. Customs concerned?  The answer is that those bunches of flowers could have had drugs or insects hidden inside.  Colombia is also the world’s leading cocaine supplier.  The U.S. and Colombian governments have been working in tandem to battle the Colombian drug industry since the late 1990s when President Clinton and President Pastrana implemented Plan Colombia.  This controversial international agreement aimed to end the pervasiveness of the drug industry in Colombia and throughout the world.  U.S. Customs ensures that efforts to minimalize the spread of Colombian drugs aren’t thwarted.  Also, Colombian insects can be extremely destructive to plants and animals that are native to the U.S., so Customs ensures that our bouquets don’t carry anything but romance over our borders.

Many of the planes that carried those cut flowers were passenger planes which also carried travelers from around the world to United States ports.  It is at these locations that U.S. Customs also performs seizures of money.  Money seizures occur when agents suspect that the money is associated with illegal activity.  If your money is seized; you will bear the burden of proving that the funds came from a legitimate source and that they were intended to be used for a legal purpose.  This is a tenuous process and it takes experience to handle it effectively.  That is exactly what our attorneys possess.  If your money has been seized, call our attorneys at 877-406-6906 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message.

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