Photo: Snake Smuggler Caught in Argentina
At a bus stop in Ceres, Santa Fé, Argentina, police intercepted a man who had been traveling with hundreds of reptiles in his luggage, as well as card-board boxes he had ‘checked in.’
In a routine road check, police asked the animal smuggler for his documents, which he provided. The man would have gotten away with it, had his shoulder bag, sitting next to him hadn’t started moving by itself, catching the attention of the officers, who immediately asked the man to open it.
The bag was filled with snakes.
Officers then, asked the man to step off the bus, and hand in his baggage claim ticket, which led them to discover the man was smuggling card board boxes full of snakes and other reptiles.
186 land turtles (threatened species), 63 rainbow boas, 63 “Lampalagua” boas (also threatened), 48 “long nose” snakes, 89 green snakes, 32 grey snakes, 105 earth snakes, 44 “fake coral” vipers, 40 lizards, and other reptiles were found in boxes traveling above the heads of unknowing bus riders.
The smuggler was taken to jail, and is looking at a sentence of no less than three years, the minimum for smuggling.