A New York man has been accused of trying to smuggle three snakes across a border crossing – by hiding them in his pants.
Calvin Bautista, 36, traveled from Canada to America on a bus on July 15, 2018.
However, Bautista’s excitement over an alleged smuggling success soon evaporated.
He has since been accused of smuggling three Burmese pythons in his pants at a US-Canadian border crossing.
Imports of Burmese pythons are regulated by an international treaty and federal regulations that list them as “harmful to humans.”
Bautista appeared in court on Tuesday on federal smuggling charges and was released pending further trial, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Carla B. Freedman.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 (£223,000), according to prosecutors.
One of the world’s largest snakes, the Burmese python is listed as an endangered species in its native Asia and is invasive in Florida, where it threatens native animals.
In August, a California man smuggled more than 1,700 animals from Hong Kong and Mexico into the United States by hiding them in his clothing.
Jose Manuel Perez, also known as Julio Rodriguez, pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of smuggling and one count of wildlife trafficking, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.
He mainly smuggled reptiles, including baby crocodiles, Mexican beaded lizards, and Yucatan box turtles.
Over in Bangkok, smugglers chose to hide animals in their luggage rather than their clothing.
Nithya Raja, 38, and Zakia Sulthana, 24, were arrested when an X-ray scan of their luggage revealed more than 100 creatures stuck in their bags.”
If the animals had been resold, they would have been worth an estimated THB200,000 (about £4,700), authorities said.
The suspected wildlife smugglers, both from India, were reportedly on their way to Chennai.
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