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15 giant snails seized from passenger at Houston airport [Video]

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HOUSTON — Fifteen giant African land snails were seized from a passenger at Bush Intercontinental Airport in early July, according to federal officials.

The person was flying from Nigeria, and during a luggage exam, U.S. Customs and Border Protection found three plastic bags, containing the live snails.

CPB said the passenger initially only declared dried beef but later amended her declaration to include live snails.

The critters, also known as banana rasp snails, are considered an invasive species.

“Our agriculture specialists remain vigilant in protecting the U.S. from foreign animal and plant disease that could threaten U.S. crop production and livestock industry or be transmitted to humans,” Houston CBP Port Director Shawn Polley said.

The snails are native to West Africa and affect fruit crops and plants, CBP said. They are also a vector for Angiostrongylus cantonensis, also known as the rat lungworm, a parasitic nematode (worm) capable of causing rare forms of meningitis in humans.

According to the Center for Disease …

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Fresh Charges Filed By Govt Authorities Against Nigerias Shiite Leader Ibrahim El-Zakzaky [Video]

New charges have been filed by government authorities against the acquitted leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem Yakubu El-Zakzaky and his wife Zeehah, The charges come barely two days after a Kaduna High Court discharged and acquitted the shiite leader. According to the prosecution the new charges would border []