Department of Homeland
Security Press Room
Holiday for Dulles CBP (Customs Border Protection)
on Labor Day Weekend (Sep 9, 2010)
Customs and Border Protection.
Customs officers seized 14 Giant
African Land Snails from a passenger traveling from Ghana. Believed to be
originally from East Africa, Giant African Land Snails are reportedly one of
the worst invasive species in the world and are known to have caused economic
damage to crop plants. The snails, which can grow to 20 cm x 10 cm, are also
illegal to possess in the U.S. The traveler declared the snails and was not penalized,
though the snails posed a threat and were destroyed.