- Totoaba fish bladders are prized for their supposed benefits to health and beauty
- Smugglers in Mexico are threatening the species and another fish often caught in the nets
(CNN)Jonathan Garcia Pereda snapped a photo, the contraband glowing white in his smartphone. Mexican federal police had stopped a 28-year-old man from San Felipe at a checkpoint, discovering black plastic bags balled up in the tires. It appeared to be another familiar bust to the Mexican police, until they cut open the bags.