Man faces prison for bird-smug­gling

Austin American-Statesman - - BALANCED VIEWS -

A Mi­ami man faces up to 20 years in prison for al­legedly try­ing to smug­gle birds from Cuba into the United States in his pants. The U.S. At­tor­ney’s Of­fice says Alberto Diaz Gon­za­lez pleaded guilty to at­tempt­ing to im­port un­de­clared wildlife. Court doc­u­ments show that when Diaz re­turned to the U.S. from Cuba, he told Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cials in Mi­ami that he was not car­ry­ing any wildlife. But au­thor­i­ties say when of­fi­cers searched Diaz, they found 16 Cuban bullfinches hid­den in his pants.

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