Sunday, August 31, 2014

Creepy contraband

On an unspecified date recently, agents with with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency noticed an anomaly when they sent an incoming package from Germany through the x-ray machine at the U.S. Postal Service International Service Center at the San Francisco airport. The Styrofoam box was labeled “toy car model," but in fact contained – in addition to chunks of soil and paper – 20 enormous millipedes. The foot-long insects, which can live up to 10 years, were contained in a mesh bag and may have been destined to be pets. And although it wouldn't have been illegal to import them, they had been misrepresented and weren't accompanied by the required permits. Director of Field Operations Brian Humphrey assures, “The agriculture specialists on duty were quick to notice the deception and took the necessary action.”

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