Man fined $400 for python pants smuggle

Sept. 15, 2011 at 2:06 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A man who was caught with snakes and tortoises in his pants while preparing to board a plane from Florida to Brazil was fined $400.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Simon Turola Borges, 30, pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal smuggling charges, WTVJ-TV, Miami, reported Thursday.

The Transportation Security Administration said agents at Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport searched Borges Aug. 25, when he was preparing to board a plane to Brazil, and discovered he was concealing three baby ball pythons, three carpet pythons, one children's python, and three baby tortoises wrapped in nylons and concealed in his pants.

A federal judge ruled the $400 fine will be donated to the Miami Science Museum.

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