Police seize 310kg of contraband eels at Madrid airport

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police said they have confiscated 310kg of young eels that were about to be smuggled out of the country and shipped to Asia.

The Civil Guard said yesterday that officers and customs agents at the Madrid airport impeded two shipments of eels during the past week.

The agents discovered 250kg of young eels hidden in packages that were labelled as carrying barnacles destined for Vietnam. They later found four bags checked for a flight to Hong Kong holding another 60kg.

The European Union prohibits the import or export of the European eel, which is considered a species at risk of becoming endangered without trade controls.

The Civil Guard said that the confiscated eels were released in rivers.