Strange Items Confiscated at Kennedy Airport, New York

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These images are from a set of 1,075 photographs of items detained or seized from passengers or express mail entering the United States from abroad at the New York airport. These photographs were taken at both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Site and the U.S. Postal Service International Mail Facility at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, by American photographer Taryn Simon for her book and exhibition ‘‘Contraband’’.


Sala, lard, Ukraine (9CFR.94) (prohibited)


Gold dust, India (undeclared)


Exotic fruits, Africa (prohibited)


Watches, Patek Philippe, China (counterfeit)


Fake drugs, South Africa (prohibited)


Handbag, Louis Vuitton (disguised) (counterfeit)


Deer penis, Asian origin (9CFR.94) (prohibited)


Guinea pigs, Ecuador (CUI) (prohibited)


DVDs, Lost, Season 4 (pirated)


Chicken feet (Avian Influenza/Newcastle Disease) (9CFR.94) (prohibited)


Insect larvae and pupae of butterflies, India (prohibited.)


Steroids, Testosterone & Sustanon, Pakistan (illegal)


Smoking Accessories (prohibited)


Unidentified mammal, Indonesia (prohibited)


Natural chewing gum made from raw sugar cane. Jamaica (prohibited)


Oxalis tuberosa, Peru (7CFR) (prohibited)


Cow hoof bottle, European origin (BSE, Foot and Mouth Disease) (9CFR.94) (prohibited)


Cow dung toothpaste, India (BSE, Foot and Mouth Disease) (9CFR.94.6) (prohibited)


Deer antlers (9CFR.94, CITES/ESA) (prohibited)


Gemstones, Sri Lanka (held, pending appraisal)


Heroin, from India to NY (illegal)


Ketamine, India (illegal)


Peppers, Capsicum spp., Ghana (prohibited)


Percussion pistol, Enfield 1858, Afghanistan (unlicensed)


Horse sausage, Eastern European origin (natural casings) (9CFR.94) (prohibited)


Plastic pitcher of salami, Eastern Europe (9CFR.94) (prohibited)


Sexual enhancement drugs, Artillery King, China (prohibited)

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