Officers at a Nogales port of entry nabbed a shipment of illegitimate medical goods and counterfeit clothing last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a news release this week.
A tractor-trailer headed across the border to Mexico on April 16 was packed with three undeclared pallets containing 30,000 “Virus Shut Out” necklaces, CBP said.
“These necklaces resemble a lanyard with name tag, only in place of a name tag is a blue packet filled with chlorine dioxide to allegedly create an anti-bacterial cloud around the wearer, protecting them from COVID-19,” it said.
The necklaces were seized for violating federal pesticide laws.
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prolonged chlorine dioxide exposure may result in conditions varying from respiratory irritations to severe breathing difficulty and chronic bronchitis,” CBP added in the statement, also noting that the necklaces were manufactured in China.
Officers also turned up clothing with counterfeit trademarks, according to the news release. T-shirts from the shipment were seized for trademark violations.
CBP said the domestic value of the necklaces was nearly half a million dollars; the T-shirts were valued at about $24,000.
Officers from CBP and Homeland Security Investigations were involved in the April seizure.