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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 March, 2005, 12:32 GMT
Woman fined over snail smuggling
Bag of snails
Customs officers found dead snails in Ms Anibaba's luggage
A woman who entered the UK with 16st (104kg) of dead snails in her baggage has been fined 400.

Nigerian Surat Oluyemisi Anibaba, 42, was caught during a customs check at Heathrow Airport after arriving from Lagos in Nigeria last Thursday.

Officers searched Ms Anibaba and she was arrested and charged with importing prohibited foodstuffs.

She was also ordered to pay 65 in legal costs at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Customs officers said Ms Anibaba had entered the red channel to declare other items, but a search of her bags revealed the dead snails.

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