JAMAICA, N.Y. — While not exactly ‘Snakes on a Plane’, U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the John F. Kennedy International Mail Facility (IMF) seized five live juvenile King Cobras during an inspection.
On June 29, CBP officers assigned to the IMF conducted an examination of express mail from Hong Kong. The contents of one package were described as a “plastic tray,” but an x-ray showed what appeared to be snakes in a round container.
CBP contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to examine the package further. The outer box was carefully opened, revealing a styrofoam casing with rows of holes. FWS determined that the package did contain live snakes. The parcel contained five juvenile King Cobras and three Geckos. CBP seized the package and turned it over to FWS for further investigation.
“Our CBP officers perform numerous daily tasks to protect the United States from potential dangers. This seizure demonstrates our wide ranging responsibility in protecting our borders and our partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service," said Leon Hayward, Acting Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.