Smuggling dangerous delicacies: Island woman tried to import monkey and antelope parts; she also faces unrelated assault charges

Jun 19, 2009

Frank Donnelly and Sametta Thompson, Staten Island Advance

Four months ago, federal agents at JFK International Airport reported finding something peculiar and potentially dangerous buried beneath smoked fish in a shipment from Africa for a West Brighton woman: There were 65 pieces of illegal smoked bushmeat, including monkey skulls and limbs, and even a hoof and leg belonging to a small antelope. Federal prosecutors said Liberian native Mamie Manneh, 38, who also is known as Mamie Jefferson, shipped the bushmeat here -- apparently to sell -- and have charged her with fraudulently importing unauthorized goods into the country.

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