Bags full of iguanas quickly attract police

Fuerza Pública officers encountered a man in downtown San José Thursday, and the man was carrying three sacks filled with iguanas.

It appears that the man just arrived by bus from Pérez Zeledón. The sacks attracted the attention of officers. One of the 10 iguanas was dead, they said.

Police did not give the motive the man had for bringing the animals into the city. Many country residents eat iguana, mainly the tail. They also can be sold as pets.

The man was identified by the last names of Elizondo Vega. Police said he was 41.

Police detained the man for violation of the country’s environmental laws that forbid trafficking in wild animals and plants. The live iguana were turned over to the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal, said the Fuerza Pública.

Elizondo was remanded to the court in the Primer Circuito Judicial de San José.

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