STERLING, Va. (AP) — Customs officials say 20 small black raw chickens were seized from a passenger arriving from Vietnam at Dulles International Airport outside Washington.

Officials say importing raw poultry from areas where avian influenza or other fowl diseases are known to occur is not allowed without a permit. Customs officials say the chickens seized last week have since been incinerated.

Spokesman Steve Sapp says agents found two bags containing the chickens in a cooler. The birds were whole, but without feathers and had dark bluish-grey and black skin.

Customs officials say agents also seized items made from prohibited African elephant tusk ivory last week at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Officials say the items were found in the luggage of a 57-year-old Nigerian man.

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