Two International travelers bound for Maryland are found to be in possession of agricultural contraband at the Dulles International Airport earlier this month according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
A total of 110 pounds of cow skins and dried beef were confiscated and incinerated, as such items could bring contagious or deadly animal diseases into the country and threaten our nation’s cattle.
One traveler from Nigeria also brought roughly 2 pounds of wood bark that was found to contain live insect larva. The second traveler, from Cameroon, had more than 4 pounds of wood bark and leaves from the African plant soursop in his luggage, which was found to contain numerous insects and potential plant disease.
A definitive identification by experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is still pending.
Both travelers were on the same Sept. 7 flight from Ethiopia and had their luggage flagged independently.