Dumb Criminal: Turtle Smuggler

This Dumb Criminal story comes from our own backyard!
A Canadian man has been charged after border agents at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel found illegal contraband  strapped to his body and hidden between his legs.

The Detroit News reported that Windsor, Ontario, resident was charged with smuggling, illegal trading and exporting. A bond hearing was scheduled Thursday in federal court in Detroit.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent received a tip about a large box sent to a Detroit postal center. Court documents say it was addressed to the Windsor man and mailed from Alabama. Agents were watching the postal center on Aug. 5 when he  arrived.

The contraband being smuggled?  More than 50 red-eared slider turtles were found… strapped to his body and hidden between his legs – after the man’s SUV re-crossed the border and was stopped in Windsor.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the man had snapped up a lawyer, but he certainly did land in our Dumb Criminals Hall of Fame!

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