Man caught at Mexican border allegedly had more than 50 reptiles stuffed into his clothing

A collection of bags filled with snakes and lizards that the man concealed amongst his clothing. (Image credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

U.S. border officers have caught an implicated wildlife smuggler allegedly trying to cross from Mexico to the United States with more than 50 reptiles hidden in his clothing, simply one day after he had been charged with trafficking approximately 1,700 animals into the U.S.  

The man, a U.S. resident, was detained on Feb. 25 on charges of trying to drive throughout the border at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry connecting Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego. Border officers stopped the man, and an individual search exposed 52 live reptiles — 9 snakes and 43 horned lizards — inside bags that were hidden in the man’s coat, trousers pockets and groin location, according to a declaration from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

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