A Dallas man accused of illegally importing 61 dead hummingbirds into the United States from Mexico has been indicted on smuggling charges in the Eastern District of Texas.
After he created crude pouches in the front of the inside of his trousers to contain the un-sedated hummingbirds.
Furthermore, each bird was cruelly wrapped in cloth before being placed in its pouch, in order to prevent an escape attempt, which would no doubt prove painful for the wearer of the trousers.
Luckily, officials noticed the traveller acting suspicious, and upon removing his trousers, discovered their unusual cargo.
This was not the man’s first hummingbird smuggling attempt, however, as he is known to hold a previous conviction for the same offence.
Although sitting through a plane ride with a variety of animals in your pants does not sound particularly appealing, it is apparently a popular method of moving creatures illegally from country to country.
A federal grand jury this week indicted 53-year-old Carlos Delgado Rodriguez on charges alleging he smuggled about 60 of the birds into Texas over the course of a year.
Authorities say Rodriguez intended to sell the dead birds but it wasn’t immediately clear who would be interested in purchasing them.
Prosecutors say Rodriguez violated state and federal laws, including ones that prohibit the smuggling or sale of migratory birds.
According to the indictment, Carlos Delgado Rodriguez, aged 53, was allegedly imported 61 dead hummingbirds of various varieties for sale between February 2013 and January 2014.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas said her understanding about the reason someone would import dead hummingbirds is that it has something to do with bringing good luck in love.
I’m waiting for more information from the prosecutor. The birds were dead when they left Mexico.” – says spokeswoman Davilyn Walston.
The five-count indictment states that the importation of dead hummingbirds violates the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Lacey Act (passed in 1900 as the first federal law protecting wildlife), the federal smuggling law, and Texas State Law.
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison, which he truly deserves because what this smuggler hid under his pants is a sign of Animal Cruelty!
Awww… you poor little fellows…wonder how his underpants smell?!