It was probably not the reptile logo on an Izod shirt that gave Michael Plank, 40, away at the Los Angeles International Airport. It was more likely the 15 live lizards strapped to his chest under the shirt, including 11 skinks.
Customs agents lifted Plank’s shirt only to find two geckos, two monitor lizards and 11 skinks — another type of lizard fastened to his body.
The Australian reptiles are strictly regulated and worth about $8,500. He could get as much as 20 years for such smuggling, though a much lower sentence is usually meted out in such cases.
We have recently seen similar smuggling cases with passengers found crawling with reptiles, here.
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