French officials break up smuggling ring that shipped millions of ‘prized delicacy’ baby eels to Asia

French officials on Friday said they had broken up a smuggling operations that shipped millions of baby eels to Asia where they are a prized delicacy that can command up to €5,000 (US$6,000) per kilogram.The inquiry began in 2017 when customs officers seized nearly 800 kilos of the silvery eels near the southwestern city of Bordeaux destined for China, as well as 200 kilos near Charles de Gaulle airport outside Paris, headed for Thailand.Over the next four years, investigators uncovered a…

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