A New York City man was charged last week after prosecutors said that he smuggled three Burmese pythons into the US from Canada.
The man, Calvin Bautista, smuggled three of the pythons in his pants as he rode a bus across the United States and Canadian border back in 2018.
Bautista case is being investigated by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
A statement says that the charges in the indictment are merely accusations at the moment.
If found guilty, the 36-year-old man could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, according to a statement by the Department of Justice.
This article by Hailey Kanowsky was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 10 October 2022. Lead Image Source : Heiko Kiera/Shutterstock.
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