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U.S. Customs and Border Protection
This iguana meat was confiscated at a border near San Diego on June 7.
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updated 6/15/2011 2:55:43 PM ET 2011-06-15T18:55:43

A border inspection of fish turned even fishier when officers found 159 pounds of iguana meat hidden underneath, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office said Wednesday.

A U.S. citizen had declared that he was only bringing in fish from Mexico when he tried to cross a border station near San Diego, Calif., on June 7, the agency said.

After the discovery, the agency contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildife Service, which charged the man with illegally importing raw meat. His man was not released.

The green iguana species, which is native to the Americas, is not endangered and its meat is a traditional delicacy in parts of Mexico.

The meat, all 159 pounds, was turned over to Fish and Wildlife.

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