St. Paul woman pleads guilty to smuggling elephant parts (USA/Laos)
vendredi 12 février 2010
A St. Paul woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to bringing endangered species and other piecies of wildlife including elephants parts and dead exotic birds into the country.
Appearing before U.S. District Court, Seng Her, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of smuggling goods into the United States. In her plea agreement, Her admitted that on November 28, 2007, she knowingly smuggled parts of an Asian elephant into the U.S. as well as several dead exotic birds.
U.S. Customs & Border Protection officials at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport stopped Her following a flight from Laos for not having permits for the items, according to the Department of Justice.
Officials soon discovered the parts were from animals on the endangered species list and could not be allowed into the country due to their endangered status. In addition, birds may not be brought into the U.S. from Laos because Laos is considered an avian flu source country, according to the Department of Justice.
For her crimes, Her faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
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