Smuggled Snails: Another Strange Find by U.S. Customs

Snail-Smuggling Traveler Stopped at Dulles

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    More now in our continuing series on strange stuff people try to sneak through customs.

    It was Labor Day weekend at Washington Dulles International Airport. U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents were bemused by the belongings of a traveler arriving from Ghana.

    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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