Dangerous beetle caught at US-Mexico port of entry

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have intercepted a new pest they found while inspecting a shipment of cherry tomatoes.

The pest has never been in the United States. It is a long-horned beetle known as Eburia baroni. The beetle is known to cause extensive damage to living trees and untreated lumber.

Customs agricultural specialists at the Nogales, Arizona, facility found the pest in early September while inspecting a shipment coming in from Mexico. The pest was quarantined, and the shipment of tomatoes was fumigated.