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Man caught smuggling snakes on a plane

TT/The Local/pvs · 14 Nov 2011, 08:53

Published: 14 Nov 2011 08:53 GMT+01:00

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The man, who is a snake breeder, travelled from China to Sweden with the reptiles.

But his trip ended at customs at Arlanda Airport when the contents of his baggage were revealed, according to a report in the Metro daily.

When officials opened his bag they found 41 scorpions, five vipers and three Chinese grass snakes.

The reptiles were packed in various plastic containers and two of the snakes were found to have died in transit.

The man has now been sentenced to 60 hours of community service for smuggling.

According to Attunda District Court, the man was aware of the risks of his venture.

While he claimed that he received the animals as a gift and took a spontaneous decision to transport them back to Sweden, the court noted that a courier package from Hong Kong had previous been stopped in transit to the man.

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When the mailed package was seized and opened, officials found five snakes in two containers marked "toys", two of which were king cobras, the world's longest venomous snake and a protected species.

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09:45 November 14, 2011 by Pont-y-garreg
The first senrence should read "...after having BEEN stopped ..."
11:20 November 14, 2011 by matco
Scorpions are reptiles now?
11:38 November 14, 2011 by chantal11
According to Attunda District Court, the man was aware of the risks of his venture....

yeah he sure did... a very severe punishment of 60 hours of community service will no doubt deter him from doing that again...
13:10 November 14, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
I am dieng to know why he was bringing it to sweden??? pets? food?
13:45 November 14, 2011 by jmclewis
It does not look like any easy lunch to eat.
14:03 November 14, 2011 by muscle
lol... you never know about chinese and the japs! (IF the guy is chinese)... they eat everything... with everything i reallly mean ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING :) . So i think the lunch box was suitable for this case >)
15:46 November 14, 2011 by Svensksmith
Bet the official who first opened the lunch box nearly crapped himself.
18:35 November 14, 2011 by scrawler
This cobra looks so beautiful :)
19:37 November 14, 2011 by Grokh
@muscle not sure why you included japs... they are not known to eat weird stuff, apart from coca cola with extra fibers and stuff like that i dont think they eat dogs etc. now the chinese theyll eat roadkill.

M*fking snakes on a M*fking plane.
11:20 November 15, 2011 by muscle

trust me man, you have NO IDEA what the japs can eat :) and what stuff is considered delicacy in some parts of japan. :)
14:16 November 16, 2011 by SimonDMontfort
Lol!! Was Samuel L Jackson on hand with his gun..??
05:05 November 18, 2011 by biddi
60 hours of community service? Bloody ridiculous. Where's the deterrent in that? You do that in Australia and you'll know all about it! Feel very sorry for the creatures.
00:57 November 19, 2011 by Coalbanks
60 hours community service? after risking the lives of people on the plane? try 6 months hard labour - proof reading the Local, for example.
15:52 November 20, 2011 by Grokh
@muscle true i had forgotten about the worms and the salted vinegar locust .


heres a top 10 of japanese weird food, but i still think they arent the worst when it comes to weird disgusting food and yet they can eat fish sperm... imagine what can be worse than that xD.

indians eat giant beetles.

ill just stick with raw fish in sushi. and loads of wasabi ^_^
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