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Firstly, to the Americans who thought of the brilliant idea to cross into Mexico to buy much cheaper eggs bravo. Secondly, unfortunately, federal authorities are prepared to let you know not so fast.

According to Customers and Border Protection officers, authorities are sounding off on a noticeable increase in eggs attempting to be smuggled across the Mexican border into the United States. Unfortunately for bargain hunting Americans, it is against the law to smuggle uncooked eggs from Mexico into the U.S almost under any circumstances — and they will be confiscated. According to authorities, people are running the risk of fines upwards of $10,000 for each instance in which they are caught.

Some slick Americans figured out how that a dozen eggs runs about $3 or so in Tijuana compared to about $8 in the U.S as egg prices have more than doubled in the past year alone. Factors like the Avian flu and others have all contributed to the historic rise in egg prices.

 “The San Diego Field Office has recently noticed an increase in the number of eggs intercepted at our ports of entry,” tweeted Jennifer De La O, the office’s director of field operations. “As a reminder, uncooked eggs are prohibited entry from Mexico into the US. Failure to declare agriculture items can result in penalties of up to $10,000.”

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