Man pleads guilty to smug­gling tiger cub

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Aman who smug­gled a Ben­gal tiger cub into Cal­i­for­nia from Mex­ico has pleaded guilty to fed­eral charges.

Eigh­teen-year-old Luis Va­len­cia of Per­ris en­tered the plea on Tues­day in San Diego.

The 6-week-old cub was found on the pas­sen­ger­side floor in Va­len­cia’s car in Au­gust at a San Diego bor­der check­point.

Tigers are en­dan­gered and it’s il­le­gal to im­port them without a per­mit.

Va­len­cia told au­thor­i­ties he ob­tained the an­i­mal as a pet but later ac­knowl­edged he was bring­ing it into the US for com­mer­cial pur­poses.

He now faces up to five years in fed­eral prison and a $250,000 fine. An­other de­fen­dant is await­ing trial.

The tiger cub now lives in San Diego Zoo Sa­fari Park.

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