Man Caught Smuggling Tiny Monkeys in Mexico
Mexico's Public Safety Department says in a statement that 38-year old Roberto Cabrera arrived on a flight from Lima, and authorizes discovered the endangered South American titi monkeys after noting his odd behavior and conducting a body search.
Some media reports say the man, who is from Mexico, had the monkeys in tied pouches in a girdle or belt, while others have them hidden in his socks. In any event, authorities say two of the 6-inch monkeys were dead.
Cabrera was arrested and charged will trafficking an endangered species.
The Mexican government recently restricted imports of primates. Cabrera told authorities he paid about $30 for each monkey. The BBC estimates he could have sold them for between $775 and $1,550 each.
Photo, Jeff Kubina, flickr