Trail of Slime Leads Customs Officials to Bags of Giant Snails
German customs officials say a trail of slime led them to a stash of almost 100 giant African land snails and other items hidden inside bags at Duesseldorf Airport this month.
In a statement Friday, authorities said officials stumbled over one of the snails on a baggage truck and initially thought it was a toy until it started moving.
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By following the trail left by the 20-centimeter (8-inch) snail, they found a bag with a hole, with another snail already peeping out of it — possibly preparing a dash for freedom.
In total, officials found six bags containing 93 giant snails, 28 kilograms (62 pounds) of fish and smoked meat, and a suitcase full of rotting meat.
All had been imported from Nigeria and were destined for an African goods store in western Germany.
Snail trail: German customs officials say a trail of slime led them to a stash of giant African snails hidden in bags at the airport. Officials found six bags with 93 giant snails, 62 pounds of fish and smoked meat, and a suitcase full of rotting meat. https://t.co/LQbziu2JIi
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The snails were handed to an animal rescue service in Duesseldorf and the meat was destroyed, customs officials said.
“Never in the history of the Duesseldorf customs office has a trail of slime led us to smuggled goods,” said its spokesman Michael Walk.
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