California CBP officers find 52 reptiles hidden in man's clothing

The 30-year-old U.S. citizen was driving a 2018 GMC truck when he stopped at the San Ysidro border crossing and was ordered out for further inspection, 우리. 세관 및 국경 보호 (CBP) said in a news release.

Following a search, CBP officers found 43 horned lizards and nine snakes that were tied up in bags and concealed in the man’s “재킷, pants pockets, and groin area,” the release stated.

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한 남자, 30, was arrested after he tried to make it past U.S. border agents in California last month with 52 live reptiles hidden in and under his clothing

한 남자, 30, was arrested after he tried to make it past U.S. border agents in California last month with 52 live reptiles hidden in and under his clothing (우리. 세관 및 국경 보호)

Smugglers will try every possible way to try and get their product, or in this case live reptiles, across the border,” said Sidney Aki, CBP Director of Field Operations in San Diego. “In this occasion, the smuggler attempted to deceive CBP officers in order to bring these animals into the U.S., without taking care for the health and safety of the animals.

The unidentified driver was arrested for attempting to smuggle the live reptiles. He was turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (빙), Homeland Security investigators (HSI), 그리고 미국. 어류 및 야생 동물 서비스 (FWS) for further processing.

The vehicle and the live reptiles were seized.

The horned lizards found during the smuggling attempt at the San Ysidro border crossing last month

The horned lizards found during the smuggling attempt at the San Ysidro border crossing last month (CBP)

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The horned lizards and snakes were placed in a secure and safe area, and they will remain in quarantine because some species were endangered, 릴리스에 따라.

This seizure is the direct result of a coordinated investigative effort by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) 샌디에고, 우리. Fish and Wildlife, and Customs and Border Protection,” said Chad Plantz, special agent in charge of HSI San Diego. “HSI will continue to aggressively investigate individuals who are involved in the unlawful smuggling and trafficking of endangered wildlife for their own financial gain.

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