Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Man arrested for smuggling king cobras to the US in crisp canisters

California man faces up to 20 years in prison after the three live snakes were illegally shipped from Hong Kong

Associated Press
Wednesday 26 July 2017 09.39 BSTLast modified on Wednesday 26 July 2017 09.57 BST

A man has been arrested on federal smuggling charges after customs officers intercepted a shipment with three live king cobras hidden inside potato chip canisters that were being mailed to his California home, US prosecutors said.

Rodrigo Franco, 34, was scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles on a charge of illegally importing merchandise. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

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