Cocaine Clams, Baby Turtles, Gun-Shaped Shoes: Unusual Things Seized at DC Airports

Cocaine clams, thousands of dollars of fake Air Jordans, blades hidden where you'd never expect: Officials at D.C. airports have uncovered some very odd stuff while searching people heading in or out. Below, we've rounded up some of the strangest seizures.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Four baby turtles with painted shells were detained at Washington Dulles International Airport in September. Customs officers seized the turtles from a family returning from a trip to China on Sept. 5, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said. The family got back the turtles but was issued a warning.
Transportation Security Administration
Maybe TSA just doesn’t have a good fashion sense. A woman’s gun-shaped high heel shoes, adorned with decorative bullets, were confiscated at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, News4 reported. It all worked out in the end though: Pleaser USA, the company that makes the shoes, offered the woman a free, new pair.
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Tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of counterfeit Nike Air Jordan sneakers were identified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, 26 miles west of downtown Washington, D.C. Read more here.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Hidden in juice boxes brought to Dulles Airport by two Mongolian travellers, border agents found 42 pounds of horse meat, including 13 pounds of horse genital meat. Read more here.
TSA officers at BWI seized a cane -- which had a sword hidden inside.
Considering that many airlines only allow each checked bag to weigh 50 pounds, the volume of this seizure is impressive: 88 pounds of cooked, curried sheep meat. Even Dulles customs agents called the seizure extraordinary. Read more here.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
An El Salvadoran man went through customs at Dulles airport with 80 clams in his bag. Travelling with that many clams could be considered be odd on it's own -- but when officers noticed several clams were glued together, things got weirder. About $10,000 worth of cocaine was stuffed inside several of the clams. Read more here.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
Customs agents found 240 fake pairs of Beats headphones that would have cost consumers over $75 each -- if they were authentic. Agents seized the headphones and two fake Dolce & Gabbana sweatshirts possible worth over $1000.
TSA agents at Ronald Reagan National Airport flipped open a book to the second chapter, titled “Ninja Equipment,” and found two daggers hidden in the hollowed out pages. Read more here.
The bone-colored knife, complete with a small skull on the bone-shaped hilt, was confiscated by agents at BWI airport. In a video, a TSA official called it one of the agency’s most unusual finds of the 2017.
Customs and Border Patrol
Dulles Airport officials saved Northern Virginians from making a serious faux pas when they stopped $16,000 worth of fake Ralph Lauren Polos from being delivered to an undisclosed location in the state. Read more here.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
The Puffin is not technically endangered, according to U.S. Customs and Border Control, but you can’t bring migratory birds into the country. One traveler tried to bring a taxidermy version of the bird from Iceland, but agents at BWI seized the it.
D.C. Area airports are seeing record-breaking numbers of people try to go through security with guns. But one traveler at BWI Airport managed to get several things into the TSA x-ray machine that didn’t belong there: a loaded, semi-automatic handgun, a small knife and a small dog. The man was arrested. The dog was not confiscated, but likely wasn’t placed under arrest with his handler. Read more here.
BWI agents checked out a bright green comb uncovered inside a binder and found a blade hidden inside. Read more here.
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