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67 Giant African Snails Transported from Lagos Seized at Los Angeles International Airport




On July 1st, federal authorities at Los Angeles International airport (LAX) seized 67 live giant snails which were discovered in two picnic baskets.

The snails, which were intended for human consumption, weighed over 35 pounds in total, Los Angeles Times reports.

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Lee Harty of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed that the snails had been transported from Lagos and were bound for  San Dimas.

Customs authorities stated that in the past, they had found about one or two similarly large snails hidden in luggage, however; this was the first time “this pest has been encountered in such large quantity and as a consumption entry.”


The U.S. Department of Agriculture reportedly regards the large snails as “a damaging species, consuming more than 500 types of plants,” and are known to carry parasites that may be harmful to humans.

The incident is said to be currently under investigation.

Photo Credit: U.S. Custom and Border Protection/


  1. Foluke

    July 16, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Korekt meat joor! Aint no parasites in them, loool!

    • JustSaying

      July 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      Lmao! I swear!!

  2. baboushka

    July 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    I don’t know how people eat snails and frogs and snakes and cats and dogs ewwwwwwwww just ewwwwwwwwww I was not raised around these animals as food so no offence to those who eat them not my cuppa!

    • chi-e-z

      July 17, 2014 at 12:13 am

      your missing out oh. I don’t eat meat anymore but when I used to I can tell you escargot, suya, and meat pie were the best…anyone that travels to a good eating country like naija and not try the awesome food I feel sorry for them.

  3. Mz Socially Awkward...

    July 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    How on earth did anyone get those baskets filled with snails unto a plane????

    • TA

      July 16, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      Sounds like they were cargoed not a regular passenger flight… Anyhow, I feel the PAIN of the intended recipient. But why!!!! Imagine all the plans: summer barbecue menu: corn,hot dogs,snails, or good old peppered snails with hot jollof rice. Chai! America e nor go better for una o *wails ala Dame Patience style.

  4. Miss Ady Cyndy O

    July 16, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Please just return our snail back to naija please #bring back our snail#

    • Idak

      July 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      exactly……. #bringbackoursnails

    • moimoi

      July 17, 2014 at 6:17 am


  5. Ecnieca

    July 16, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    #bringbackoursnail.I DON’T JOKE WITH THIS STUFF

  6. ChySpaRkZ

    July 16, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Bet whyyyy!! This is correct meat naaa

  7. Snail Lover

    July 16, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    omg I love snails. KAI!! How can the Los angeles authorities do this? Don’t they know this is a delicacy. #HASHTAG # HASHTAG# BRING BACK OUR SNAILS. dammit those are some huge snails. kai………….can cost 2500 at yellow chilli restaurant in v/I.

  8. @edDREAMZ

    July 16, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I swear this is really funny to the core…. Thats there business though bcos we are still wacking it here….

  9. Deedar

    July 16, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    LOL! Ndi Amerika, please stop vexing for our delicacies. We love snails and they are delicious. #Bringbackoursnails

  10. el patron

    July 16, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Snails disease carrying agent salmonella and sort..we need to be careful with these stuffs..they are right for confiscating it..these are part of foreign species that are damaging the florals of where they are not native to.

    • memebaby

      July 16, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      abeg abeg, scientist.. all this talk on top food lol #bringbackoursnails ..chant along

  11. sharon

    July 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    They did same tin to my sister we send it to her getting to their airport they seized it an said it was poisonous

  12. Deborah

    July 16, 2014 at 9:23 pm


  13. jirla

    July 16, 2014 at 9:36 pm


  14. i scream

    July 16, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Y dem nor break am, boil and freeze abeg?

  15. memebaby

    July 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    how will you call sweet snails “pest”! haha..sad stuff mehn..imagine snail stew chai chaii!

  16. chi-e-z

    July 17, 2014 at 12:22 am

    That’s atleast $10,000 worth of merchandise…feel sorry 4 whoevers it is.

    • Lindsey

      July 17, 2014 at 4:26 am

      Pls can you do a cost breakdown? $10,000.00/67 = $150 per snail? The most I have paid for 4 very large snails was $35 and that’s retail.

    • Anon

      July 17, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Hi Linda!

  17. [email protected]

    July 17, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Which kain salmonella..el patron…we dont cook the way they do, that’s why they communicate disease from animals e.g mad cow…..That snail will be well washed with alum first…by that time salmonella go say who send me…then washed with salt..then cooked…then fried with pepper sauce,,,,,,fashi, korect!!!!!

  18. aleesha

    July 17, 2014 at 1:46 am

    chei! na snails dis ppl refer to as pest??? one man’s meat truly…

  19. Iris

    July 17, 2014 at 3:27 am

    LOL pest ko! When you go to a fancy restaurant in America they eat snails and call them “escargots”. Nonsense. Is it the salmonella outbreak they already have at least once a year in their country that they’re trying to prevent?

  20. Girl

    July 17, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Ugh! Sad times.

  21. Ada

    July 17, 2014 at 9:12 am

    My God,see beta meat! Is this what this Americans called Pest? Pls kindly #bringbackoursnail Biko!

  22. JustSaying

    July 17, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    That blue plastic something na picnic basket abi laundry basket? Oh and #bringbackoursnails!

  23. Rosie

    July 17, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    Please deport our snails o #bringbackoursnails!

  24. tunmi

    July 17, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    The person should have cooked them and roasted them well before bringing them in na

    • Fashionista

      July 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      EXACTLY! Of course it was going to be confiscated LIVE, duh!

  25. tbn

    July 22, 2014 at 11:04 am

    #bringbackoursnails! lmao

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