Canadian man caught trying to smuggle 51 live turtles under his clothes

8. října 2014 v 21:58
A Canadian man taped 51 live turtles to his legs and groin and tried to hide them under sweatpants in an attempt to smuggle the reptiles over the Detroit border crossing, according to federal prosecutors in Michigan.The man was captured as part of a surveillance operation conducted by US Fish and Wildlife Service agents. An official with the service said there has been an increase in turtle smuggling in the last year, which they attribute to demand in Asian food and collector markets."These turtles, by the time they get to the end-collector, they can be worth anywhere from $1,300 to $1,500 a turtle," said Ed Grace, deputy chief law enforcement officer with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.Prosecutors say Kai Xu and Lihua Lin attempted to smuggle several species of North American pond turtles out of the US and into Canada. обложки журнала крестьянка
 

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