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Man arrested for smuggling after stuffing 51 live turtles down his pants

By Mason White 10:09 AM September 29, 2014
The seized turtles 

By: Devansh Dutt
A man was arrested on charges of smuggling after allegedly stuffing 51 live turtles down his pants, U.S. federal agents said.

The man of Canada, who was caught at the border with 51 live turtles stuffed in his pants, is facing charges in the U.S.

The Canada Border Services detained Kai Xu, while trying to cross into Windsor, Ontario, from Detroit, Michigan. Xu had 41 turtles taped to his legs and 10 hidden between his legs.

Canadian authorities confiscated the turtles, some of which sell for $800 each. The turtles were later handed over to U.S. officials.

Prosecutors have also charged 30-year-old Lihua Lin of Toronto, Canada, on charges of smuggling, illegal trade and illegal export.

Both defendants could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

According to the police investigation, Xu took the turtles to a hotel near the Detroit International Airport, where he booked a room for two nights.

He later met with Lin at the hotel. Lin went to the airport after booking a flight to Shanghai China. Investigators found 200 turtles in his suitcases.

Lin was arrested after saying he had nothing to declare.

Investigators received a tip about the smuggling operation from a delivery company after one box had a sticker that read: “Live fish. Keep cool.”

Lin was released on $10,000 bail.