Border protection K-9 sniffs out mummified monkey remains at Boston airport, suspect arrested: officials

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An hose rider was arrested this week astatine Boston’s Logan International Airport aft trying to illegally import 4 mummified monkeys from the Democratic Republic of Congo, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said successful a release. 

The apprehension was made Thursday, erstwhile a CBP K-9 portion Buddey sniffed retired nan monkeys aft nan suspect's Delta formation landed from Paris connected Thursday.

The remains are referred to arsenic "bushmeat," meaning raw aliases minimally processed nutrient of chaotic animals, which is forbidden successful nan U.S. owed to nan consequence of disease. 

"The imaginable dangers posed by bringing bushmeat into nan United States are real," Julio Caravia, Area Port Director – CBP Boston, said successful a statement. "Bushmeat tin transportation germs that tin cause illness, including nan Ebola virus. The activity of CBP’s K9 portion and Agricultural Specialist were captious successful preventing this imaginable threat from entering nan U.S.," he added. 

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The unidentified fishy astatine first told officials nan container only had dried food inside. 

An X-ray didn't uncover nan remains, but nan monkeys were recovered during a beingness inspection of nan suspect's luggage. 

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The remains were wrapped successful a broad that was wrong a handbasket successful a box, according to FOX 25. 

CBP said it instantly contacted nan U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC asked for nan bags containing nan monkeys to either beryllium destroyed aliases sent backmost to Paris. 

CBP said nan bags will beryllium destroyed. 

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CBP didn't opportunity what charges nan fishy mightiness face.