Forget drugs and guns. The hottest new item to smuggle over the border comes wrapped in a delicious chocolaty coating.
If you're also wondering how a trunk containing six Kinder Surprise eggs landed two Seattle men in a detention center, you wouldn't be alone.
But as the Canadian Press reports, the U.S. has issued a ban against the popular Italian confection, citing the candy's small interior toy as a choking hazard for young children.
Or in more formal (and ominous) terms, due to the presence of a "non-nutritive object" embedded inside them.
For anyone attempting to import the chocolates into the country, the "surprise" in these particular Kinder eggs is a hefty fine of up to $2,500.
That was news to Brandon Loo and Christopher Sweeney, who told Seattle's KOMO-TV they had no idea the treats they were bringing home for family and friends after a recent jaunt to Van City would land them in hot water with the police.
In fact, U.S. Customs and Border Control claims they confiscated 60,000 Kinder Surprise from travelers' baggage in 2011 alone — more than double the amount of eggs from the previous year.
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The pair spent two-and-a-half hours explaining to officers that they were not, in fact, running a sophisticated criminal cabal designed to threaten the safety American toddlers via milk chocolate.
And unlike the treats he originally wanted to bring home, the experience left a bitter taste in Sweeney's mouth.
"They wasted our time," Sweeney told KOMO News. "They wasted the money spent on the agents to do this and there are other cars that went through without checking them at all."
Of course, the pressing question in this entire story is what happens to all those seized eggs? The sheer volume would require several rooms' worth of storage in the Border Control warehouse.
(Photo courtesy CBC)