Illegal contraband — a redundancy

Redundant words and phrases interest me.  In the past, I did a blog post on redundant words and more redundant words.

Well, here is another one that bothers me.  On the news I have heard them talk about doing an arrest and finding illegal contraband.  Hmmm.   Isn’t all contraband illegal?   Is there such a thing as legal contraband?

Digging in the dictionary for definitions of contraband, I found this:

Contraband is  anything prohibited by law from being imported or exported.  The term also means illegal or prohibited trade such as smuggling.

Sooo, in my mind saying illegal contraband is a redundancy.

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