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CBP Catches Elephant Meat, Dead Primate, Exotic Animal Skins at LAX

Release Date: 
May 20, 2013

 

On May 10, declared as a gift, the prohibited, dead (Macaque) primate from Indonesia, addressed to North Port, Florida was seized.

On May 10, declared as a gift, the prohibited, dead (Macaque) primate from Indonesia, addressed to North Port, Florida was seized.

LOS ANGELES—It was a weird wildlife week for U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) in Los Angeles. In just four days, from May 6 through May 10, CBP officers intercepted and seized nearly half a pound of elephant meat and a dead primate at the International Mail Facility. They also seized 387 snake, lizard and crocodile skin handbags from a passenger arriving from Nigeria at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

On May 10, declared as a gift, the prohibited, dead (Macaque) primate from Indonesia, addressed to North Port, Florida was seized.

On May 9, the elephant meat, an endangered Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), protected wildlife species from Thailand and destined to Fresno, California was seized.

 

On May 9, the elephant meat, an endangered protected wildlife species from Thailand and destined to Fresno, California was seized.

On May 9, the elephant meat, an endangered protected wildlife species from Thailand and destined to Fresno, California was seized.

On May 6, 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 (FWS).

 

On May 6, the declared purses, made of prohibited reptile and 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.

On May 6, the declared purses, made of prohibited reptile and 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.

"CBP enforces over 400 laws of 40 different agencies such as FWS. We intercept and seize a multitude of remarkable items," said Todd C. Owen, CBP director of field operations in Los Angeles.

Please direct FWS inquiries to Special Agent-in-Charge Jill Birchell at (916) 414-6660.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017