A woman flying back from France brought an apple through Customs. It cost her $500.
An apple one day did not keep customs away, a Colorado woman has learned.
Crystal Tadlock was given an apple sealed in a wrapper on her Delta Air Lines flight from Paris on Wednesday. She was not hungry at the time and figured it would be a good snack for her second leg back to Denver, she told Fox 31 in Denver.
Tadlock probably passed by numerous signs and alerts warning of items U.S. Customs and Border Protection says must be declared at the port of entry in Minneapolis. That would include fresh fruit, CBP says.
A random search brought Tadlock in contact with a CBP agent, who found the contraband apple.
“He had asked me if my trip to France was expensive and I said, ‘Yeah.’ I didn’t really get why he was asking that question, and then he said, ‘It’s about to get a lot more expensive after I charge you $500,’” Tadlock told the station. She was then issued a $500 citation and a revocation of her global entry status, she said.
That status is earned through a screening process and allows expedited clearance for international travelers.
Tadlock, who lives in the Denver suburb of Arvada, could not be reached for comment. It was not immediately clear when the incident occurred.