By Raul Hernandez
Within four days, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized nearly half a pound of elephant meat and a dead primate at Los Angeles International Airport, federal officials said today. Also seized were 387 snake, lizard and crocodile skin handbags taken from passengers arriving from Nigeria at the airport, officials stated.
On May 10, the prohibited, dead (Macaque) primate that was declared as a gift from Indonesia and addressed to North Port, Florida was seized, according to authorities.
On May 9, the elephant meat, an endangered Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species or CITES protected wildlife species from Thailand and destined to Fresno, California was seized.
On May 6, authorities stated that the declared purses, made of prohibited reptile and CITES protected animal skins including 98 of African rock pythons, 19 of monitor lizards, 85 of dwarf crocodiles as well as 179 of cobras and 6 of puff adder snakes, were found during a baggage inspection of a 31-year-old male passenger.
All seized items were turned over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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