U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport have seized 22 Giant African Snails and other prohibited items found in the luggage of a man returning from Ghana.
A Ghanaian traveler to the United States of America is in the news for carrying along 22 giant snails.
These snails which remain a dangerous specie in the US was seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists.
According to them, these animals cost the U.S. over 1 million dollars when it comes to their impact on the environment.
Checks by Customs officials also found other items as prekese, dried beef and other medicinal plants.
“Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists are our nation’s frontline defenders against invasive plant and animal pests that threaten our agricultural resources, and they face this complex and challenging mission with extraordinary commitment and vigilance,” said Marty Raybon, Acting Director of Field Operations for CBP’s New York Field Office.
Meanwhile, the Ghanaian traveler has been released as he declared his luggage. The snail plus all other items have also been seized at the J.F.K Airport.