Julio Iglesias was arrested in the Dominican
Julio Iglesias was arrested in the Dominican: Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, known for traveling with large amounts of food, had his supplies confiscated by Dominican authorities after he was checked upon arrival at Punta Cana airport.
Spanish singer Julio Iglesias was briefly detained at Punta Cana airport in the Dominican Republic because he was carrying a significant amount of food, Spanish daily La Vanguardia reported.
The artist, who celebrated his 80th birthday in September, arrived in the Dominican Republic on January 10 from the Bahamas. He was stopped by airport services after his luggage was confiscated due to its contents.
Inside, 42 kg of various foods were found: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, tomatoes, beetroot, celery, beans, spinach, lettuce, mushrooms, arugula, meat, and vegetables were confiscated, the Marca newspaper reported.
Inspection by the agents of the Ministry of Agriculture The contents had to be checked by technicians from the Plant Quarantine Inspection Service (AIPC) of the Ministry of Agriculture at the Punta Cana Airport.
The Dominican Ministry assured that it continues to carry out these controls at various ports, airports, and at the land border with Haiti to ensure that no animal or plant products enter the country in a way that could endanger national production.
For traveling with such an amount of food, the singer could have risked a much longer arrest, but he was quickly released by authorities. However, several kilograms of products were confiscated from him.
According to the Dominican newspaper Listin Diario, which cites the Ministry of Agriculture, this decision was made to prevent the spread of foreign parasites that could damage local crops.
“It’s not about him or anyone in particular, it’s for everyone,” said Dominican Agriculture Minister Limbert Cruz.
Speaking to the Cope radio station, one of his friends, Carlos Herrera, said that the story was “exaggerated” and that the singer had only gone through a routine check.
Father of eight children, five of them with his current wife Miranda Rijnsburger, Julio Iglesias lives between the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. He regularly travels between his different residences with large quantities of food, as La Vanguardia highlighted, and this flight was no exception.
“I sometimes brought him seafood from Galicia, because he is from Galicia, and ham,” confirmed Makoke, Spanish celebrity and ex-partner of the octogenarian singer.
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