- Associated Press - Thursday, September 9, 2010

CHANTILLY, Va. | During a busy Labor Day weekend at Washington Dulles International Airport, one package arriving from Ghana raised some eyebrows.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents say a traveler arriving from the West African nation tried to bring in 14 Giant African Land Snails with him. The slimy creatures were about the size of a child’s fist.

Spokesman Stephen Sapp says the traveler likely was bringing the snails to be eaten.

The snails originally from East Africa are believed to be one of the world’s worst invasive species because they can severely damage crops.

The snails can grow to be nearly 8 inches long and 4 inches tall. They are illegal in the United States.

The traveler was not penalized, but the snails were destroyed because they were considered a threat.

 

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