Airline passenger tried to smuggle birds into the US using a fanny bag

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Someone Tried To Smuggle Birds Into The U.S. Using A Fanny Bag

You might be surprised at what some people try to get through customs.

A passenger arriving at Miami International Airport from Havana, Cuba, on January 9th was caught with nine live birds—three of which were stashed near his groin.

The remaining six birds were concealed in a fanny pack where they were each kept in a small tubular cage, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release.

The creatures were discovered after the suspect was selected for individual screening.

Smuggling live animals into the U.S. is a federal offense.

The individual was arrested and all the birds were handed over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Miami Quarantine Station.

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Airline passenger tried to smuggle birds into the US using a fanny bag
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