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Alleged turtle smuggler arrested at Canadian-U.S. border

July 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM   |   Comments

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WINDSOR, Ontario, July 16 (UPI) -- A Canadian man allegedly tried to smuggle more than 70 live turtles and tortoises into the country from the United States, authorities said Tuesday.

The Canada Border Services Agency said the 22-year-old Windsor, Ontario, man was arrested after allegedly trying to sneak the hard-shelled reptiles into Canada July 6 across the Ambassador Bridge that connects Windsor and Detroit

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported the turtles and tortoises were discovered in two boxes a storage compartment in the man's vehicle

The man, whose name was not reported, was initially charged with failing to declare the animals, making false statements, attempting to evade payment of duties and taxes, and smuggling contrary to the Customs Act, the CBC said. Additional charges are possible, the network said.

The reptiles were confiscated.

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