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Strange things found in luggage, etc. that People have tried to Smuggle
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Odd things that People have tried to SMUGGLE
<> Smuggled Croc caused untimely death of 20. On August 25, 2010 on board Czech built LET-410 Turbolet aircraft bound for the airport of Bandundu from Congo Republic capital of Kinshasa, a big crocodile live and smuggled in a passenger's sports bag escaped free and caused pandemonium to the passengers and crew, throwing the small plane off balance. As a grim results, it crashed into a house killing its British pilot 39-year old Chris Wilson and 29 others. For details, click link above. Thank you.
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There are certain things that are prohibited to be carried by people from one place to another. But people unwittingly or not tried to smuggle these goods. When they do and are discovered in airports and seaports , they makes security personnel concerned scratched their heads.
< MONKEYS >
A man arrived in New York from Peru was interrogated about the marmoset monkey he carried with him. His co-passengers during the flight had noticed a small monkey had crawled out of his hat. There’s no record how the monkey escaped detection at the airports in Peru and Florida. In a separate case in 2007, 28-year old Gypsy Lawson was apprehended for smuggling a sedated rhesus macaque monkey from Thailand into the United States. She concealed the monkey in her dress and pretended she was pregnant Lawson and her mom, Fran Ogren, were convicted of violating Endangered Species Act and other applicable laws.
< SONGBIRDS >
Sony Dong was arrested in April last year at LA International Airport for smuggling in live songbirds from Vietnam. He had been under investigation after airport officials found an abandoned bag containing 13 live and 5 dead birds. This time, having arrived from Vietnam, Dong was accosted by custom authorities for his shoes were found with bird droppings. Investigating further, custom personnel discovered Dong had concealed 14 songbirds in cloth and attached them to his legs under his pants. Dong pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment and to pay $4,000 for the care of the birds which all survived the trip.
< HUMAN CORPSE >
With the help of his daughter Anke Anusic, Gitta Jarant brought her dead husband 91-year old Kurt Willi in a wheelchair to the John Lennon Airport in Liverpool in an attempt to smuggle him home to Berlin on a plane. The women denied that he was dead and said he was just sleeping. Authorities took a postmortem examination and found out the man was dead about 12 hours ago. Jarant and Anusic are free while awaiting trial for failure to report a death.
< LIVE TURTLES and SNAKES >
Airport officials in Jakarta, Indonesia read the label of a shipping container “Fresh Fruits” destined for Hong Kong. Suspicious, they opened the container and seized 2 tons of live reptiles, 25 bags of Chinese rat snakes and 3,492 pig-nosed turtles
< DRAGON FISH >
The Asian Arowana or dragon fish- which is an endangered species- is considered a lucky charm in many Asian cultures. So to sell or import it is illegal. Some people are willing to pay from several thousand dollars to $20,000 depending upon the size of the specimen. During a sting operation conducted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, one Andree Gumawan was arrested on charges of smuggling and selling endangered wildlife from Indonesia. Gumawan and 6 other people were indicted in the same case.
< BUSHMEAT >
A report says that the global trade in illegal bushmeat, or meat from exotic wildlife, is stronger than ever. An estimated 5 tons of it passes through the main Paris airport every week. In June of 2008, researchers observed while travelers were searched after 29 different flights from Africa. Of 134 people searched, 83 were found with livestock or fish, and nine were found carrying bushmeat.
One passenger had 112 pounds (51 kilos) of bushmeat — and no other luggage. Most of the bushmeat was smoked and arrived as dried carcasses
Experts found 11 types of bushmeat including monkeys, large rats, crocodiles, small antelopes and pangolins or anteaters. Almost 40 % were listed on the convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. This exotic species can be found in Paris restaurants.
< FAKED HOLY WATER >
With the help of drug-sniffing dogs, 50-year-old Warren Maynard who lived at the time in Brooklyn and a citizen of Barbados with permanent residency status in the United States, was arrested in 2008 as he crossed the US-Canadian border near Niagara Falls with 100 bottles of clear liquid which he declared to custom officials as HOLY WATER together with other religious items which he bought in Canada. Test in 42 of the bottles, however, reveals the animal tranquilizer ketamine- a hallucinogenic drug. The rest of the bottles tested positive for “general narcotics”. Maynard was turned over to immigration officials
< CHIHUAHUA >
A man has just arrived at the Dublin airport. He appeared nervous so inspectors in Ireland selected him for a spot check. They x-rayed his luggage and out came the image of a dog. They opened the luggage thinking the image was that of a toy, but they were surprised to find a live Chihuahua. The dog was seized and quarantined.
< BUTTERFLIES >
Hisayoshi Kojima enjoyed for many years a thriving smuggled insect business. He shipped both live and dead insects in and out of the United States. Butterfly collectors were willing to spend thousands of dollars for the rare Queen Alexandra’s birdwing from Papua, New Guinea. It is illegal to catch, kill or import them. However Kojima always had a way. But his last well laid -out plan backfired. The hand of justice caught him while dealing on the Queen Alexandra butterfly , ending the 2-year investigation into his illegal insect trade in 2006. He suffered 21 months in prison and a fine of $38,731.
< AN ENTIRE ZOO >
Robert Cusack stands head and shoulder above the rest of his fellow animal smugglers. He was arrested in 2002 in Los Angeles after a flight from Thailand. A bird of paradise that flew out of Cusak’s luggage alerted custom agents and made them suspicious. Three more birds were found in the luggage. Two pygmy slow lorises were found in his underwear and 50 rare orchids in his suitcase. His companion Chris Edward Mulloy, was charged with smuggling 2 Asian leopard cat cubs in his luggage. Cusack confessed to authorities that the animals had originated in Indonesia. He was taking them to a forest refuge in Costa Rica. He pleaded guilty and was imprisoned for 57 days