Border Agents Seize More Than 100 Mexican Pinatas; Not Drug-Filled Pinatas -- Just Pinatas

Categories: News

Mexican pinatas are the latest item from south of the border on the list of things not allowed in Arizona -- at least when they're made to look like licensed Disney characters.

This isn't exactly a case of asking Mickey Mouse for his "papers, please" -- Disney characters fall under intellectual property, the rights to which are owned, of course, by The Walt Disney Company.

Border agents near the Douglas port of entry seized 108 Disney-esque pinatas on their way over the border on Friday.

The pinatas were found in a tractor-trailer truck loaded with papier-mache products from Mexico on their way to Thornton, Colorado.

Border agents, probably in search of drugs, thought the pinatas seemed a bit out of place, but a search of the pinatas and the rig turned up no drugs. The pinatas, however, were seized for violating intellectual-property laws.

In a statement, assistant port Director Eli Villareal says protecting intellectual property laws "is a vital element in national security."

Al Qaeda, drug cartels, illegal immigration, and now bootleg pinatas are threatening our national security. We're doomed.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

Now Trending

Phoenix Concert Tickets

From the Vault