More than 1,000 containers of illicit alcohol seized at border.
More than 1,000 containers of illicit alcohol have been seized at the Texas-Mexico border so far in the 2017 fiscal year.
This includes bottles that were not properly labeled, contained dangerous additives or were carried in improper containers that made the liquid unsafe for consumption.
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officials have said that this is a common problem among travelers crossing into Texas from Mexico. Tax Compliance Officers from TABC's Ports of Entry Division have spoken out about the dangers of this type of smuggling.
"It's not uncommon for our TCOs to identify alcohol in unmarked containers, such as a gasoline container or water bottle," TABC Ports of Entry chief John Reney said in a prepared statement. "These products, if allowed to enter Texas, could prove dangerous to consumers. For that reason, we seize the products and destroy them before they can enter the marketplace."