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Old 09-29-2016, 05:24 PM   #15
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Been through the agricultural checkpoints many times over the years. We have never been asked about anything except fruit. We have always had store bought fruit and never had it taken.

I did volunteer that I had some firewood once at the 101 checkpoint. He asked where it was from (my yard in Washington) then said if it had no bugs no problem.

One time on 395, I was in the MH and my wife was in the car in the adjoining lane. They asked me about fruit and my reply was "I have no idea, ask her" as she pulled away from the checkpoint. I thought they would pull me aside for a search but they just let me go too.
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Old 09-29-2016, 05:35 PM   #16
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Ag inspection coming into Florida on I-10 at AL state line. Seems to be only for trucks. Signage does not really give any info.
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Old 09-30-2016, 10:01 AM   #17
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We have been stopped every time we cross the station west of Yuma. Many times they just wave us through. When we are in the RV we have been asked if we have any produce. We had grapefruit one time and they wanted to take them. When I said we were heading directly to Las Vegas the agent said OK - go ahead.

We have been stopped more often at the international border and had vegetables removed. The last time was peppers. We had US commercially grown and packed (not open) but they were restricted at that time.
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We are in San Diego so have crossed back and forth many times on I-8. As pointed out there are two checkpoints westbound near the AZ border. First the AG checkpoint where they will ask you what fruits and veggies you have on board. Just answer honestly. Worst cased is you have to dump something. It's not like they are going to take you to jail. Second checkpoint further west is Border Patrol. They are looking for illegals...err uh I'm sorry I meant undocumented citizens and drugs hence you may see them walk a drug dog around your rig. Here they WILL take you to jail if you are breaking the law. I suspect there is no BP station on the Oregon border.
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Back in 1969 my family was moving from IL to AZ. We were stopped at the NM/AZ border checkpoint on I40. Now my mom had a little cactus (maybe 2 inches tall).

My mom was driving and when asked by the inspector if she had any fruits or plants, all of us kids (nine of us) knew she had it she said yes. When the inspector asked why she was trying to bring it into AZ, she replied "Because I might never see another one!". The inspector just laughed and sent us on our way.
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I told him where the fruit was and if I stay here for a few more hours he can inspect it . He looked under our coach with a mirror also. He didn't like my response but I am in the land of the free and a citizen I was more aggravated by this than he was, we went on our way no issues.
They have boarder patrol check points along I-10 also, between CA and TX, I pulled up to one of them in 2013, told the DW I was going to introduce us as "Hi we are the Millers" from the movie, she asked that I drop her off and she will walk across .
With smart comments like this to border patrols or checkpoint areas, this is the reason for inspections. All you have to do is answer questions you're asked with a 'yes' or 'no'. They really don't appreciate comedian wanna-bes.
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With smart comments like this to border patrols or checkpoint areas, this is the reason for inspections. All you have to do is answer questions you're asked with a 'yes' or 'no'. They really don't appreciate comedian wanna-bes.
X2....you beat me too it. You learn things like this in Kindergarten, people treat you like you treat them, respect goes a long way. I've lived in California my entire life, traveled in/out of State hundreds of times and through these checkpoints every time. 90% of the time they wave you through, the other 10% they may ask where you are coming from and if it's somewhere where the fruit is an issue, then they ask about that. Not very intrusive and it's their job, no reason to give them grief.
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Eric, I have crossed twice in the desert, there is a check point that you must cross like you are entering another country. They ask about fruit and pets. Both times we left the pets with relatives, we ate all the fruit before we got there. I told him where the fruit was and if I stay here for a few more hours he can inspect it . He looked under our coach with a mirror also. He didn't like my response but I am in the land of the free and a citizen I was more aggravated by this than he was, we went on our way no issues.
They have boarder patrol check points along I-10 also, between CA and TX, I pulled up to one of them in 2013, told the DW I was going to introduce us as "Hi we are the Millers" from the movie, she asked that I drop her off and she will walk across .

So Law Enforcement performing their LEGAL functions are an irritant to you?
Bet that would not be the attitude when YOU are needing a LEO

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The legal MJ that you may have purchased in OR or WA is not so legal in CA....


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Since I started this thread, I will tell you how it went today. We pulled into the CA checkpoint on 101 just outside of Brookings, OR. An agent noted we were from Virginia and asked what county. I told her Henrico County and she looked in a book and said there was nothing listed.

She then asked if we had fruit or firewood. I said no to the firewood and told her we had two store bought apples and a few store bought red grapes. She said OK and then said she would need to come aboard. We have two dogs who do bark at strangers at first but they are friendly. When the agent opened the door, my larger dog barked loudly at her. I told the agent the dogs were friendly but she said 'that's OK, have a nice trip' and closed the door.
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