Religious persecution is nothing new, but drinking snail juice as part of your beliefs is a bit of a stretch.
"I did not invent this. It's something that is part of our religion," Stewart told the Miami Herald. "It's not something meant to hurt anybody."
But state and federal authorities claim otherwise. They raided Stewart's house in January, claiming he was illegally smuggling the Giant African Snails into the country after they received complaints that his "ritual" was making people sick.
Though no charges have been filed, several agencies are investigating the case and Stewart could be hit with smuggling or customs violation charges.
Stewart, 48, practices an African religion called Ifa Orisha, which is apparently closely related to Santeria. He admitted his beliefs are a bit peculiar and shouldn't be confused with the slightly more mainstream Santeria.
"What I practice is somewhat different, and that's what caused the backlash against me," he told the Herald.
The snail healing involves cutting the snails open and pouring the raw mucus into the mouths of his followers. The snails Stewart used grow to a rather large 10 inches.
Like other non-native species, the snails can wreak havoc on the South Florida ecosystem, and authorities want residents to report any sightings of them.