Feds seize illegal boots at Texas shipping facility
DALLAS, Texas (KWTX) - Agriculture specialists with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol seized three pairs of boots and a belt crafted from sea turtles and an arapaima, freshwater fish native to the Amazon River basin, at a consignment shipment facility.
Officials said the boots are violation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which protects animals endangered or close to it if trade is not stopped.
“It is not surprising the various items our officers and agriculture specialists encounter when examining international cargo,” said Dallas CBP Port Director Timothy Lemaux.
“In this year alone, our officers and agriculture specialists found a growing number of marijuana shipments, luxury counterfeit footwear and now boots made from endangered species."
CBP agriculture specialists coordinated with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to confirm the boots and belt were in violation of CITES.
The items were also in violation with the Lacey Act and were seized on site.
CBP’s trained agriculture specialists across the nation seized 4,695 prohibited plants, meats, animal byproducts, and soil and intercepted 314 pests in 2019.
For more information about CBP’s agriculture mission, please visit www.CBP.gov.
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