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article imageGiant African snails seized by U.S. Customs agents at LAX

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Jul 14, 2014 in World
Los Angeles - Officials at Los Angeles International Airport recently confiscated a shipment containing 67 live giant African snails. The snails were being shipped from Nigeria to an address in Southern California likely for human consumption.
According to Fox News, the entire shipment weighed 35 pounds and consisted of snails that can grow up to eight inches long.
The Associated Press (via Yahoo! News) reports that the snails are illegal in the United States due to their ability to devour large quantities of local plants and crops. The snails are also known to carry parasites that can cause dangerous health conditions like meningitis.
SCRP states that the snails were incinerated after being shipped to Washington, DC to be tested by specialists who were able to identify the snails as a prohibited species.
The person to whom the snails were being shipped is not expected to face any criminal charges.
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