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Black widows found on cargo ship

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - Port Authority Stevedores discovered some unwelcome castaways aboard a Matson cargo ship early this morning. Port Authority employees had stumbled upon a nest of what were later determined to be black widow spiders. The hatch was immediately shut and port police were notified. 

The Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency in turn ordered operations halted. Customs director Colonel Dennis Santos Tomas says the fumigation on the ship was completed late this afternoon. Additionally, he says several small invasive spiders were discovered at the Cost-U-Less in Harmon in a container of Christmas trees.

Santo Tomas says the store too was fumigated and a re-inspection of the facility will be conducted this evening.

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