This photo released Monday, May 20, 2013, by U.S. Customs & Border Protection, shows elephant meat, one of several contraband items seized by the agency at Los Angeles International Airport between May 6 and 10. Officials also seized a dead primate and hundreds of handbags made from the skin of snakes, lizards and crocodiles. The meat was from a protected species in Thailand and was bound for Fresno, Calif. (AP Photo/U.S. Customs & Border Protection)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. 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 says in a press release Monday 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, Fla.
The elephant meat was from a protected species in Thailand and was bound for Fresno, Calif.
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.