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Manifested Rug was a "Croc"

Release Date: 
November 15, 2011

Houston - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers assigned to George Bush Intercontinental Airport's Air Cargo division seized a rug stitched with crocodile skin earlier this month.

Rug stitched with crocodile skin.

A rug stitched with crocodile skin was seized by CBP officers assigned to George Bush's Intercontinental Airport's Air Cargo Division. Crocodiles are an endangered species and the importation of their skins or leather is prohibited.

The shipment, which arrived from Lagos, Nigeria, was selected for inspection by CBP officers. During the inspection officers discovered the rug and one other animal skin. CBP officers referred the rug to U.S. Fish and Wildlife for further examination, and they determined the reptile stitch pattern was in fact crocodile skin.

"Our officers' vigilance while performing their duties outlines the broad scope of the enforcement responsibilities that CBP employees carry out on a daily basis," said Houston Director of Field Operations Judson W. Murdock, II. "This seizure is an excellent example of interagency collaboration between federal agencies whose common goals help to protect the public and wildlife."

Crocodiles are an endangered species and the importation of their skins or leather is prohibited. The rug was turned over to U.S. Fish and Wildlife for final disposition.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017