Intercepted star tortoises move inside their cage in the southern Indian city of Madras July 27, 2005. Nearly a thousand star tortoises were on their way to Malaysia when the Indian smuggler carrying them was arrested by customs officials.
This undated handout image shows Chinese medicines, containing tiger and rhino parts, confiscated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service at Los Angeles International Airport. Demand by a newly rich Asian population for such goods as tiger bone tonic wine and tigers' skin, meat and teeth is putting pressure on these endangered creatures worldwide, wildlife advocates reported on February 10, 2010.
Handout image shows one of two live 40cm-long (16 inches) juvenile emerald green tree boas that Australian customs officials seized at the Melbourne International Mail Centre October 3, 2005. When intercepted, the snakes were concealed inside a parcel containing small clay pots that was mailed from Sweden to an address in the South Australian capital Adelaide.
A woman on a flight from Singapore to Melbourne shows the 51 live tropical fish hidden in a specially designed apron under her skirt in this handout photograph from the Australian Customs Service on June 3, 2005. Customs officers became suspicious after hearing 'flipping' noises coming from the vicinity of her waist, and an examination revealed 15 plastic water-filled bags holding concealed fish. Picture taken June 3, 2005.
Live pigeons are pictured, stuffed into the tights of a man, at Melbourne International Airport in this February 1 2009 picture released by Australian Customs on February 3, 2009.
The man, a passenger on a flight from Dubai, was discovered with a live pigeon stuffed in each leg of his tights, as well as two bird eggs, plant seeds and undeclared samples of eggplant after a search by customs and border control officers and was handed over to Australian Quarantine and Inspection Services staff, according to local media.
A customs officer presents a live chameleon during an annual news conference by the customs duty office at the Frankfurt airport March 21, 2007. Customs officers displayed various items and reptiles that had been confiscated while being illegally smuggled into Germany.
A Mr Potatohead toy containing 293 grams of ecstasy seized by Australian Customs at a mail centre in Sydney is seen in this undated handout photograph made available October 4, 2007. The parcel was posted from Ireland and sent to a residential address in Sydney's western suburbs.
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Illegally imported goods are pictured during the annual news conference of the customs duty office at Frankfurt Airport March 21, 2007. Customs officers displayed various items that had been confiscated while being illegally smuggled into Germany." /> We take a look at the unusual discoveries customs officials have made at border crossings around the world.
Illegally imported goods are pictured during the annual news conference of the customs duty office at Frankfurt Airport March 21, 2007. Customs officers displayed various items that had been confiscated while being illegally smuggled into Germany.[/caption]
Counterfeit goods seized by the US government are shown on display at the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center in northern Virginia, October 7, 2010.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates the amount of counterfeit goods and pirated copyrights in world trade grew from about $100 billion in 2001 to about $250 billion in 2007, the last year for which they have made an estimate. In the 2009 budget year, US Customs agents and other officials made 14,481 seizures valued at $ 260.7 million dollars.
Two Australian Customs officers hold statues made of ephedrine, a drug used to make 'Speed' or methamphetamine, after they were seized in raids in Sydney August 27, 2005. Australian police have arrested four men after raids uncovered 800 statues made of ephedrine, valued at $ 54 million, police and customs said. About 400 kg of ephedrine was found in a series of raids in Sydney's southwest.