Drugs, counterfeit IDs and counterfeit goods must be Border protection (CBP) Officers are seized daily. Here are nine crazy things people have tried secretly across borders:
1. Living pigeon
Customs authorities have stopped a 23-year-old Australian man from finding two eggs in a vitamin container in his luggage. They were under the feet of his pants Pigeons found Wrapped in a padded envelope and secured in tights to each man’s leg. Authorities also seized eggplant seeds that had not been declared a band of his money.
The bird smuggler arrived in Australia on a flight from Dubai in February 2009. The charges for smuggling wildlife imprison a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of about $ 70,430.
2. Egyptian mummy linen
Michigan CBP officer seized five ancient bottles Egyptian mummy linen May illegally cross the northern border in May 2019.
Inspection of the cargo on a Canadian postal truck in Marysville on May 25 revealed that the bones had illegal bones that appeared to be between 305 and 30 BC, the agency said. The US government has focused on repatriating relics to Egypt.
3. Live tarantula
Yup! In 2011, a German man pleaded guilty of shipping hundreds of tarantulas to the United States by mail. Sven Koppler, 37, acknowledged that he had mailed about 247 tarantulas to a federal agent in Los Angeles who impersonated a buyer as part of an investigation called “Operation Spider-Man.” Reuters.
The survey began when regular inspection found about 300 live tarantulas in a package mailed to Los Angeles. US Fish and Wildlife Service agents ordered more spiders from Coppler and were sent a total of five packages containing dozens of live and dead tarantulas. Koppler was arrested when he traveled to Los Angeles a few months later. He received a total of $ 300,000 from the sale of tarantulas to spider lovers in dozens of countries.
4. A man posing as a car seat
Enrique Aguilar Cancora, a Mexican citizen, can be seen sewn into the passenger seat of a car trying to enter the United States illegally.
Cancora was shut down at the San Isidro border checkpoint in California in 2001. This is just the beginning of a complex and potentially dangerous compact space where undocumented immigrants have attempted to cross the US border.
5. Black Market Bologna
November 2019, CBP Officer Over 150 pounds seized Photo of curious deli meat at the port of entry in El Paso, Texas. CBP said Bologna was barred from crossing the border because of its pork content. Overseas pork products can introduce exotic animal diseases into the US pork industry. When the smuggler was asked about the red roll lying behind his truck, he tried to tell officers it was turkey ham.
6. Live songbird
Sony Don, 56, was arrested in 2016 for trying to smuggle a compromised “lucky” songbird from Vietnam to Los Angeles. He was sentenced to one and a half years in prison in 2018, and a fine of $ 5,500 after a judge said the situation was “ deplorable ” for trafficking of a small bird taped to the feet or ankles of a smuggler. Was ordered to pay. by East Bay Times.
In 2010, after flying 15 hours from Ho Chi Minh City, Don was sentenced to four months in prison as a customs officer found 14 living Asian songbirds trying to cross the LAX, individually wrapping them and tying them to their feet. Was sentenced.
Allegedly, birds cost a few dollars each in Southeast Asia, but are collected between $ 500 and $ 1,000 if sold illegally in the Southern California Chinese market.
7. whole pig head
Hardy The Beagle, working at CBP as an agricultural detector, discovered this roasted pig head and other debris at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta in October 2018. And mouth disease, classic pig fever and other animal diseases.
8. Dead birds for pet food
This week, Customs said the Washington D.C. Dead bird package From passenger luggage traveling from China. CBP’s agricultural experts inspected passenger bags and found banned birds. The passenger said it was cat food. Officers seized and incinerated dead animals to avoid the spread of highly contagious avian influenza.
9. Living tropical fish
This could have been the boldest attempt of all of them. Customs authorities stopped women from arriving in Melbourne on a flight from Singapore in 2005. So they pushed 51 tropical fish creatures in plastic bags into a custom-made apron tied around their waist.
“During the investigation, customs officials became suspicious after hearing a” turnover “near their waist,” Australian Customs said in a press release. “Survey found 15 plastic water-filled bags, allegedly hiding the fish in a special apron.” NBC.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.