US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seized 22 highly invasive Giant African Snails from the baggage of an American who arrived from Ghana at the John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The seizure was made on Sunday, April 4, 2021.
CBP agriculture specialists also discovered that the passenger has about 24 pounds collectively of prohibited oxtail, dried beef, turkey berry, carrot, medicinal leaves, and prekese, a traditional African spice and medicinal plant product.
The CBP in a statement said the Giant African Snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world because it consumes at least 500 types of plants.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the snails also threaten U.S. agricultural resources and cause extensive damage to tropical and sub-tropical environments.
They have the ability to cause structural damage to plaster and stucco structures.
The Giant African Snail reproduces quickly, producing about 1,200 eggs in a single year.