Monkey Carcasses Found in Luggage at Dulles

Tuesday, Dec 9, 2008  |  Updated 6:33 AM EDT
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Monkey Carcasses Found in Luggage at Dulles

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Excuse me sir, are those monkey carcasses in your bag?

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CHANTILLY, Va. -- U.S. Customs officials at Dulles International Airport discovered the charred carcasses of three monkeys in the luggage of a traveler arriving from Central Africa.

The monkeys have been confiscated are being examined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Customs spokesman Steve Sapp said a trained dog alerted authorities to the man's bag on Friday. The luggage also contained deer meat and dried beef, which has been destroyed.

Sapp said it's not unusual for foreign visitors to bring exotic foods to the U.S., but he says the discoveries were "a first." After the confiscations, the man was allowed to enter the U.S.

The monkey carcasses were inadmissible under U.S. law. Monkeys can transfer infectious diseases to people.

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