CBP agents discover snakes, toads, in plastic containers during smuggling attempt

Local News

Hidalgo, Texas (KVEO)—On Friday, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents working at the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge discovered a series of undeclared reptiles in plastic containers and in sacks.

The agency says they selected a a Chevy Avalanche SUV driven by a U.S. citizen for further inspection.

Courtesy: Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

During the second inspection, agents discovered 23 snakes, ten toads/frogs, 23 chameleons and 16 geckos.

Courtesy: Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

CBP OFO contacted agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (F&WS) who arrived to take possession of the reptiles and will seek to get them identified by personnel at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville.

“During the course of conducting outbound inspections our officers will often encounter a myriad of export violations as evidenced by this significant interception of reptiles,” said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


COVID Tip: Wash Your Hands

COVID Tip: Cover When Coughing and Sneezing

COVID Tip: Disinfecting

COVID Tip: Cover Your Mouth

COVID Tip: Avoid Close Contact

COVID-19 Tip: Disinfect Areas

COVID-19 Tip: Wash Hands Often

ValleyCentral App Links

App Store Link
Google Play Link
More Throwback Thursday