Strange Items Confiscated at Kennedy Airport, New York

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’’.

Contraband

Contraband

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

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

US Currencies

US Currencies

Gold Dust India (undeclared)

Gold Dust India (undeclared)

Exotic Fruits Africa (prohibited)

Exotic Fruits Africa (prohibited)

Watches Patek Philippe China (counterfeit)

Watches Patek Philippe China (counterfeit)

Fake Drugs South Africa (prohibited)

Fake Drugs South Africa (prohibited)

Handbag Louis Vuitton (disguised) (counterfeit)

Handbag Louis Vuitton (disguised) (counterfeit)

Deer Penis Asian origin (9CFR.94) (prohibited)

Deer Penis Asian origin (9CFR.94) (prohibited)

Guinea pigs, Ecuador (CUI) (prohibited)

Guinea pigs, Ecuador (CUI) (prohibited)

DVDs, Lost, Season 4 (pirated)

DVDs, Lost, Season 4 (pirated)

Unidentified white powder

Unidentified white powder

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

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

Insect larvae and pupae of butterflies, India (prohibited)

Insect larvae and pupae of butterflies, India (prohibited)

Leather cases with ornaments (undeclared)

Leather cases with ornaments (undeclared)

Steroids, Testosterone & Sustanon, Pakistan (illegal)

Steroids, Testosterone & Sustanon, Pakistan (illegal)

Smoking Accessories (prohibited)

Smoking Accessories (prohibited)

Unidentified mammal, Indonesia (prohibited)

Unidentified mammal, Indonesia (prohibited)

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

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

Unknown liquid (prohibited)

Unknown liquid (prohibited)

Oxalis tuberosa Peru (7CFR) (prohibited)

Oxalis tuberosa Peru (7CFR) (prohibited)

Stalks of millet. India (prohibited)

Stalks of millet. India (prohibited)

Bird corpse, labeled as home décor, Indonesia to Miami, Florida (prohibited)

Bird corpse, labeled as home décor, Indonesia to Miami, Florida (prohibited)

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

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

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

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

USA American Visagra, Viagra, China (counterfeit)

USA American Visagra, Viagra, China (counterfeit)

Perfume and cologne (counterfeit)

Perfume and cologne (counterfeit)

Gemstones, Sri Lanka (held, pending appraisal)

Gemstones, Sri Lanka (held, pending appraisal)

Heroin, from India to NY (illegal)

Heroin, from India to NY (illegal)

Hydrocodone, India (illegal)

Hydrocodone, India (illegal)

Ketamine, India (illegal)

Ketamine, India (illegal)

Dry khat, Catha edulis, Kenya (illegal)

Dry khat, Catha edulis, Kenya (illegal)

Nesting dolls with Disney characters, Snow White (counterfeit)

Nesting dolls with Disney characters, Snow White (counterfeit)

Peppers, Capsicum spp., Ghana (prohibited)

Peppers, Capsicum spp., Ghana (prohibited)

Blue and yellow pharmaceutical pills awaiting testing, Pakistan (prohibited)

Blue and yellow pharmaceutical pills awaiting testing, Pakistan (prohibited)

Unmarked pills, China (prohibited)

Unmarked pills, China (prohibited)

Percussion pistol, Enfield 1858, Afghanistan (unlicensed)

Percussion pistol, Enfield 1858, Afghanistan (unlicensed)

South African Cycad with soil (7CFR319.37-7CFR 330-400 & CITES-ESA) (prohibited)

South African Cycad with soil (7CFR319.37-7CFR 330-400 & CITES-ESA) (prohibited)

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

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

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

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

Sexual enhancement drugs, Artillery King, China (prohibited)

Sexual enhancement drugs, Artillery King, China (prohibited)

Unidentified liquid, hidden in thermos in satin bedding

Unidentified liquid, hidden in thermos in satin bedding

GBL, Poland (used as date rape drug) (illegal)

GBL, Poland (used as date rape drug) (illegal)

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