Tourists are faced with six years in Italian prison for stealing 90 pounds of sand from a Sardinian beach
- French couple tried to take 90 pounds of sand in their SUV on a ferry to Toulon, France
- 2017 law says that anyone who smuggles sand can get £ 2,750 or 6 years in prison
- Collected five tons of sand in the course of a summer at the airport of Cagliari
- Officials do their best to bring the sand back to the original beach at the end of the summer
A French couple who tried to smuggle 40 kilos of sand from the pristine beaches of Sardinia are in an Italian prison for six years.
The pair, who said they were not aware of the strict sand laws of the Mediterranean island, were caught with 14 bottles of precious island cereals.
The sand was taken from a beach in southern Sardinia and loaded on the back of their SUV truck, ready to be smuggled by ferry to Toulon, France.
The island of Sardinia is known for its pristine beaches and azure waters, but two tourists have encountered problems trying to smuggle 40 kg of the island's famous sand to Toulon, France. According to a 2017 law, they can be fined £ 2,750 or six years in prison
The tourists said that the bottles were a souvenir and that they were not aware of the strict laws of the country on the smuggling of sand.
Following a public protest from tourists stealing the sand, the authorities enacted a law in 2017 stating that anyone caught in shells or sand can be fined up to £ 2,750 or receive a six-year prison sentence.
In the course of one summer, customs at Cagliari, the main airport in Sardinia, said that more than five tons were intercepted.
According to the sand smuggling watchdog of Sardinia Sardegna Rubata e Depredata, in recent weeks they have seized more than 90 kg of sand in plastic bottles (pictured above)
A customs inspector told CNN Travel that they had confiscated dozens of tons of material, but at the end of the summer brought the sand back to its original beach.
& # 39; Even the removal of a single bottle of sand in memory of the vacation makes the patient and nature's long work in vain, & # 39; he said.
He added that tourists should & # 39; keep the memories in your head & # 39; but leave the sand alone because it's & # 39; not yours but everyone's & # 39 ;.
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