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U.S. Border Patrol warns travelers not to bring marijuana, peyote pain creams from mexico

August 22, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Border Patrol warns travelers not to bring marijuana, peyote pain creams from mexico

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MCALLEN, Texas — U.S. Border Patrol officials in the city of McAllen, Texas are alerting travelers about a range of ointments that contain marijuana or peyote as their main ingredients. The ointments are being taken at border entry points from people who may have been unaware that they were smuggling actual drugs across the border.

U.S. Border Patrol agents along the international points of entries have been finding pain creams multiple times in recent days prompting a travel alert, according to Breitbart Texas.

The travel advisory indicates: “Some cross-border travelers to Mexico to seek out a product called peyote gel, which in many cases also contains marijuana, as a remedy for muscle, bone, and joint pain.”

Although the small plastic containers of green ointment seem to be innocent home remedies, they actually consist of banned drugs that could result in travel delays and as well more grave consequences because the substances are forbidden by federal law.

In a prepared statement, CBP Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. stated, “It is important that our travelers are aware of what they can bring into the United Sates from other countries to avoid potential delays.”

Ointments containing peyote or marijuana are considered to be natural treatments that have been used by elders in primarily border cities.

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