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Man fined $400 for python pants smuggle

Man fined $400 for python pants smuggle
TSA intercepted seven snakes and three tortoises concealed in the pants of Simon Turola Borges seeking to fly to Brazil. (TSA)

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.

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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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