Bavaro & Punta Cana January 14, 2024 | 10:00 am

Agriculture explains why it seized food from Spanish singer Julio Iglesias

Santo Domingo, DR—The Minister of Agriculture confirmed the seizure of fruits, vegetables, and other foodstuffs from Spanish artist Julio Iglesias at the Punta Cana International Airport (east of the country).

Limber Cruz López, head of the entity, explained that the seizure of the musician’s food is by “a control and surveillance that we have throughout the national territory.”

“We have an alert and we have a very strong surveillance throughout the national territory. You know that there was a sporadic incursion of the Mediterranean fruit fly (agricultural pest),” said Cruz López.

He said they have had to reinforce “all the vigilance, and it is not focused on him or anybody in specific; it pertains to everybody.”

“We are strengthening everything a country has to do to protect itself. Remember that we are an open and free country, with more than 400 flights a day, eight airports, many ships coming and going,” the official said.


According to Agriculture, 42.16 kilograms of strawberries, raspberries, blueberry, cherry, tomato, beet, celery, beans, spinach, lettuce, mushrooms, and arugula, intended for transit to the Dominican Republic, were intercepted in the luggage.

The passenger was caught with the cargo from the Bahamas on flight number N768JJ when he tried to carry the seized stash in his luggage.

Engineer Rosa Lazala, Director of Plant Health, speaking through the Department of Agriculture Communications, explained that the country’s Health and Quarantine technicians reinforced the surveillance and inspection, pre-checking, and checking of luggage and all passengers.

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January 14, 2024 11:04 am

So , will he be charged?

Paul Tierney
January 15, 2024 9:39 am
Reply to  Jason

He can be fined.

January 15, 2024 4:43 pm

I don’t get why import those things? Don’t they exist and are grown locally? Why doesn’t DT ask why he needed that! WHY WHY WHY

Jim Johnson
February 1, 2024 3:24 am
Reply to  Franco

The food there isn’t great.They don’t have much there in the way of produce, like for instance, raspberries are non existent. He may be on a special diet due to his age, also when you switch food from country to country you can become ill with stomach problems.The law is the law, but frankly if I were him, I would be looking to sell out. I hope he turned around and left right away. He origianlly invested in DR with his friend Oscar De La Renta who was from there. Now that de La Renta is deceased, if it were me, I would go.This is a remarkably unfriendly gesture from a government to a person who has done an enormous amount over the years for that island. He should stay in the Bahamas or even the Caymans would be better.

February 16, 2024 4:06 pm
Reply to  Jim Johnson

What you don’t realize is that JI derives a huge amount of income from Punta Cana airport, which he co-owns along with the estate of Oscar De La Renta. He also owns commercial property nearby and his estate is magnificent. It’s a speed bump, nothing more.

January 16, 2024 12:03 am

with new fruit fly causing ruckus we need to protect our land from any harmful stuff …especially from degenerate buffoons like the one caught with fruit …

January 31, 2024 1:28 pm

hmmm.. that’s like 92lbs!
that’s two full size luggages which typically hold 50lbs