The West African man possessed a package containing 14 Giant African Land Snails.
It’s not clear what he planned to do with them. Some people keep them as pets, but the snails are illegal in the United States because they are invasive crop-killing pests and prodigious reproducers.
The contraband snails were each about the size of a child’s fist, although they can grow as large as eight inches long and four inches tall.
The traveler was not penalized but the snails were destroyed because they were considered a threat.
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