Kai Xu tried to smuggle 51 turtles in his sweatpants
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Smuggling turtles down his pants could land an Ontario man up to 10 years in prison.
Kai Xu, 27, pleaded guilty to taping 51 snappers to his body. He was trying to smuggle them into Canada from the United States.
Xu admitted to court that he ordered the turtles online and would travel to the U.S. to ship them to China or return with them to Canada.
(…)Xu was found to have 41 live turtles strapped to his legs and 10 hidden between his legs, according to an affidavit from a special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Canadian authorities seized the turtles, which included North American varieties such as eastern box turtles, red-eared sliders and diamondback terrapins — some of which sell for $800 each — and turned them over to American officials.
“Special Agent (James) Fuller noticed irregularly shaped bulges under Xu’s sweatpants on both his legs,” the document states.
It’s illegal to export wildlife from the U.S. without a licence from the government.
Xu faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison although it’s unlikely he’ll face anywhere close to that full sentence.