15 live African snails found inside woman's luggage at IAH, customs officials say

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- More than a twelve unrecorded African snails were recovered successful a traveler's luggage astatine Bush Airport, officials said.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 15 snails were recovered successful integrative bags wrong a woman's luggage earlier this month.

Customs officials said she was traveling from Nigeria and initially lone declared dried beef, but aboriginal said she had unrecorded snails. Officials recovered 3 integrative bags containing the unrecorded snails with caller leaves and astir a 4th of a lb of beef.

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The snails were turned implicit to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who identified the snails arsenic elephantine onshore snails, besides known arsenic banana rasp snails.

They said the snails are autochthonal to westbound Africa and tin impact effect crops and plants.

"Our agriculture specialists stay vigilant successful protecting the U.S. from overseas carnal and works illness that could endanger U.S. harvest accumulation and livestock manufacture oregon beryllium transmitted to humans," said Houston CBP Port Director Shawn Polley.

All snails were turned implicit to USDA.

On a emblematic question time past year, customs officials said agriculture specialists recovered 250 pests astatine U.S. ports of introduction and 3,091 materials for quarantine, specified arsenic plants, meat, carnal by-product and soil.

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