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The lizards (photo) were packed in netted laundry bags, which were wrapped in towels in two plastic containers in some checked luggage

Japanese tourist who tried to smuggle $ 130,000 of native bobtail lizards from Australia is jailed – and is likely to be deported when released

  • Lizards were wrapped in netted laundry bags, wrapped in towels
  • Yusuke Imanishi, 52, arrived three days before his arrest in Perth
  • Imanishi pleaded guilty to smuggling and animal abuse
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A Japanese man who tried to smuggle 13 native Bobtail lizards from Australia has been sentenced to five months in prison and is likely to be deported immediately when released.

The lizards were packed in netted laundry bags, which were packed in towels in two plastic containers in a number of checked baggage, the Australian border force said.

Yusuke Imanishi, 52, was the courier for the operation and arrived in Perth only three days before his arrest in June.

The lizards (photo) were packed in netted laundry bags, which were wrapped in towels in two plastic containers in some checked luggage

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The lizards (photo) were packed in netted laundry bags, which were wrapped in towels in two plastic containers in some checked luggage

Imanishi pleaded guilty to smuggling and animal abuse and was sentenced Monday in the Magistrates Court in Perth.

He must have been behind bars for at least two months before he can be released and is likely to be deported.

His co-accused, 28-year-old Daisuke Kobayashi, was the collector of the lizards and was previously sentenced to five months in prison with a minimum of two months.

The ABF said that some of the lizards had subsequently died and some remained in poor health.

Australian bobtails can each attract up to $ 10,000 on the international black market.

Imanishi pleaded guilty to smuggling and animal abuse and was sentenced Monday in the Magistrates Court in Perth

Imanishi pleaded guilty to smuggling and animal abuse and was sentenced Monday in the Magistrates Court in Perth

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Imanishi pleaded guilty to smuggling and animal abuse and was sentenced Monday in the Magistrates Court in Perth

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