HOUSTON — Officials from Homeland Security’s Houston investigation unit say the city has become a focal point for illegal imports, including millions of dollars’ worth of honey from China that has been seized over the last two years.
The Houston Chronicle reports that since October, U.S. Customs and Homeland Security has seized more than 900 drums of Chinese honey that was smuggled through Latvia. That brings the value of illegal Chinese honey seized in Houston over the last two years to nearly $8 million. China is the world’s leading producer of honey.
According to court documents, the honey was routed through Latvia to avoid U.S. duties. Officials were suspicious about the honey because the northern European country produces very little honey.