Customs seizes elephant meat, dead primate

Last updated 13:34 21/05/2013

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Customs and Border Protection officers in Los Angeles have made some unusual seizures, including elephant meat, a dead primate and hundreds of handbags made from the skin of snakes, lizards and crocodiles.

The agency said that the illegal items were seized between May 6 and May 10 at an international mail facility and at Los Angeles International Airport.

The tiny dead macaque primate from Indonesia had been declared as a gift and was addressed to North Port, Florida.

The elephant meat was from a protected species in Thailand and was bound for Fresno, California.

The 387 purses were in the baggage of a passenger from Nigeria. They were made from skins of African rock pythons, monitor lizards, dwarf crocodiles, cobras and puff adder snakes.

What's the oddest item you've ever heard was confiscated at airports across the world? Leave a comment below:

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- AP

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