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French couple could face jail time for taking Italian sand

August 20, 2019
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In this June 29, 2019 photo, people enjoy the white sand and pristine waters of Chia beach, on the Italian island of Sardinia, Italy. A French couple could face up to six years in jail for taking around 40 kg (88.1lbs) of white sand from Chia beach on the Italian island of Sardinia. (AP Photo/Karl A.Ritter)
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In this June 29, 2019 photo, people enjoy the white sand and pristine waters of Chia beach, on the Italian island of Sardinia, Italy. A French couple could face up to six years in jail for taking around 40 kg (88.1lbs) of white sand from Chia beach on the Italian island of Sardinia. (AP Photo/Karl A.Ritter)

ROME (AP) — A French couple faces up to six years in jail for taking around 40 kg (88.1lbs) of white sand from a beach on the Italian island of Sardinia.

Italian finance police said Tuesday they discovered the sand from a Chia beach stashed in 14 plastic bottles in the couple’s SUV during a check as it boarded a ferry Aug. 15 from Sardinia to France.

The couple told police they didn’t know it was against the law to take the island’s famed sand, which is protected as a public good. If found guilty, they face one to six years in jail for aggravated theft.

It’s not clear when a trial may be held.

Italian finance police say the sand theft was one of the bigger revealed during a recent crackdown.

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