The United States of America Customs have seized the luggage of a traveler from Ghana.
Officials of Customs found loads of African snails, dried beef, a traditional Ghanaian spice known as Prekese, carrots and medicinal leaves in the luggage of the traveler.
Since the traveler declared the items in the luggage, he was released but all the items were seized.
“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,” Marty C. Raybon, acting director of field operations for CBP’s New York field office, said in a statement.
According to the Customs, the African snail is one of the most damaging snail species in the world.
The giant African snail was first found in southern Florida in the 1960s, and it took 10 years and $1 million to eradicate it according to the USDA.