Skip to comments.Officials nab Canadian man trying to cross border with 51 turtles in his pants
Posted on 09/26/2014 6:57:14 PM PDT by smoothsailing
September 26, 2014
Using information gained from an anonymous tip, U.S. authorities detained a man this summer after noticing irregularly shaped bulges in his sweatpants. But this wasnt the Underwear Bomber 2.0. Instead, a Canadian man had taped 51 live turtles to his legs and groin and was attempting to smuggle them across the border, The Guardian reported.
Kai Xu and his accomplice Lihua Lin were nabbed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife agents near the Detroit border crossing, where the two were attempting to cross into Windsor, Canada. Agents were tipped off by a Detroit UPS employee named Dave who contacted the fish and wildlife service and told them to be on the lookout for a seven-pound box labelled, Live fish keep cool.
In a dramatic turn of events not often seen in the world of wildlife management, agents put Xu under surveillance on Aug. 5 and observed him hiding behind two semi-truck trailers for around 10 minutes before reappearing with irregularly shaped bulges under Xus sweatpants on both legs, according to The Guardian.
While Xu was attempting to cross into Canada, Lin was caught at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, where he was trying to board a plane for Shanghai with two checked bags crammed with more than 200 turtles.
U.S. officials told the Guardian that turtle smuggling has increased over the past year due to increased demand in Asian food markets and from collectors.
These turtles, by the time they get to the end-collector, they can be worth anywhere from $1,300 to $1,500 a turtle, said Ed Grace, a deputy chief law enforcement officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
How do you tell the difference between a regular turtle, and a snapping turtle???
Well, I think in this case, the bite radius would not really matter...
I’m Googl-ing it now...;-)
I guess the headlines would have been a little different if his “carry on” had been snapping turtles.
Government owns all the turtles.
Most fresh water turtles are nasty when cornered and will snap at you, not just snappers. They hurt when they bite as they have beaks with sharp ridges top and bottom in the place of teeth. However, as most cannot swallow unless submerged, they will literally die of hunger if left dry.
“Are those turtles in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?”
“... turtles can be worth anywhere from $1,300 to $1,500 ...”
Damn, the article doesn’t say what kind of turtle...
I might be looking for a little retirement income.
Is that a turtle in your pocke or are you just happy to see me?
Snapper Turtles have pointed shells, and a more pointed “beak”.
Yikes...I’ve heard turtle soup is a delicacy but 13 to 15 hundred a turtle?
The insane ones are those that pay those prices. :-)
LOL! You left off “Big Boy.”
The last time someone told me they had a snapper in their pants, she wasn’t talking about no turtle.
I must be getting old. I can’t remember when I last had turtles in my pants. Oh well...
Even reptiles know what to do with illegal immigrants.
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