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

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.

See what things people have tried to smuggle:
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Airline passenger tried to smuggle birds into the US using a fanny bag
Some of 66 dead canaries are on display at the customs sector of the Guarulhos international airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 25, 2008, prior to be sent back to their country of origin Peru. A Portuguese national smuggling 200 canaries was arrested upon arriving from Lima and was accused of animal trafficking. 66 of the 200 birds died from suffocation, authorities said. AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA (Photo credit should read MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images)
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 6: Police evidence, in connection with UK beauty student, Eleanor Kathleen Taylor's arrest, is displayed in this Police handout image April 6, 2006 in Perth, Australia. Taylor was apprehended on April 2, 2006 at Perth Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle more than 10,000 amphetamine tablets into Australia. (Photo by Australian Federal Police via Getty Images)
INDONESIA - 1990/12/17: The return of the Bangkok Six. Six baby orang-utans were found in crates labelled as 'live birds' on the tarmac at Bangkok's airport. They had been smuggled out of Borneo and were bound for Belgrade. Professor Biruté Galdikas and volunteer Dianne Taylor-Snow repatriated the baby's back to the rehabilitation center called Camp Leakey in Borneo.. (Photo by Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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