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  •  Not sure I get this... (7+ / 0-)

    You hid undeclared imported goods in your luggage, concealed this from US customs officials, and are upset they discovered this? They're just doing their job.

    I don't know if it's legal or not to import free gifts, but you have to report this. The agents have no way to know if these were gifts or not - all they have is your word. If they asked you if you had anything, you said "no", and then they found it, you lied to a federal agent. You're lucky you got off as easily as you did.

    Plus, we have laws in this country about importing seeds for a reason.  Your aromatic basil is probably not going to take over the countryside, but someone else's seeds just might - and have. I'm surrounded by invasive plant species where I live - it's a mess. People thought Garlic Mustard was pretty benign too, but now it's everywhere - threatening to forever wreck the place I live in. Same goes for many other species in many other areas.

    You said you had no food, but you did - chocolate.

    As for the questions about political activities, I'll agree that's odd. But, it could very well be a guideline they're following because of US law prohibiting the kinds of activities you can engage in in Cuba - again, they're doing their job. Plus, given your other dishonesty, they had little reason to believe you about much of anything.

    In the end, you didn't get taken to jail. Didn't get strip-searched. Didn't get held overnight. Were allowed to keep your chocolates (& kept your smuggled seeds). You got delayed a bit at customs. Happens all the time.

    Anyway, I agree with your statements about our policies toward Cuba... and it sounds like a fascinating trip on many levels.

    Freedom isn't free: Pay your taxes!

    by walk2live on Wed May 19, 2010 at 12:22:42 AM PDT

    •  My uncle was labeled a smuggler for trying (0+ / 0-)

      to bring a grape vine sown into his coat sleeve into the US. He was detained, at the age of sixty-eight.

      What happened here was nothing unusual, but for Jill, it was the McCarthy inquest.

      "The central tenet of Buddhism is not 'Every man for himself'" - A Fish Called Wanda

      by the fan man on Wed May 19, 2010 at 03:45:47 AM PDT

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    •  Yea, I agree with this comment (0+ / 0-)

      Plus I'd really like to hear more about what she learned in Cuba about sustainability.

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