The unmarked box was packed to the brim with sea turtle eggs, and the owner of the package was nowhere in sight. In total, there were 684 eggs — which could have been baby turtles if they hadn’t have been dug up from their nests in the wild.
“The possession and transport for trade purposes is a serious offense,” officers said in an update on Facebook. “It is punishable [by] up to six years in prison.”
That’s because the eggs likely belonged to a protected species of turtle, such as the olive ridley or hawksbill, given the area where the eggs were seized.