Man, 26, ‘tried to smuggle 29 live finches into the US by hiding them in hair rollers’

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Man, 26, ‘tried to smuggle 29 live finches into the US by hiding them in hair rollers’ on the flight to New York’s JFK from Guyana

  • The unidentified man, 26, had undergone a second baggage search at the airport when officers discovered the birds in his bags
  • He had arrived on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana
  • Although the man was not criminally charged, he was fined $ 300 civil
  • In addition to the penalty, the man – who was on his way to an address in New Jersey – was also placed on a Guyana flight on Monday.
  • The finches were quarantined and handed over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services

Officers from the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) thwarted a man’s attempt to smuggle 27 live finches into John F. Kennedy International Airport, hidden in hair rollers.

The unidentified man, 26, had undergone a second baggage search at the airport when officers discovered the birds in his bags, according to CBP.

The man had arrived on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana.

CBP agricultural specialists conferred with US Fish and Wildlife Service inspectors on confiscating the birds.

The unidentified man, 26, had undergone a second baggage search at the airport when officers discovered the birds in his bags

The unidentified man, 26, had undergone a second baggage search at the airport when officers discovered the birds in his bags

“The smuggling of these birds in hair curlers shows the horror of the wildlife trade,” said Ryan Noel, special agent in charge of the US Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement.

Although the man was not criminally charged, he was fined $ 300 in civil law, according to the release.

In addition to the penalty, the man – who was on his way to an address in New Jersey – was also placed on a Guyana-bound flight on Monday.

CBP agricultural specialists conferred with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service inspectors on confiscating the birds

CBP agricultural specialists conferred with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service inspectors on confiscating the birds

CBP agricultural specialists conferred with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service inspectors on confiscating the birds

The man had arrived on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana, with the birds stored

The man had arrived on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana, with the birds stored

The man had arrived on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana, with the birds stored

The finches were quarantined and handed over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services.

‘Customs and border protectors and agricultural specialists face a very complex and challenging task and that is to protect our nation, our citizens, our agricultural resources and our economic security, and they are meeting that challenge with extraordinary dedication and vigilance,’ Marty C. Raybon, acting director of Field Operations for CBP’s New York Field Office, said in the release.

According to the Dutch DPA, an agricultural specialist seized 3,091 banned plants, meat, animal by-products and soil and intercepted 250 insect pests on any given day at ports of entry into the US.

The finches were quarantined and handed over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services

The finches were quarantined and handed over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services

The finches were quarantined and handed over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services

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