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Python in pants: Man charged after he tries to smuggle three Burmese snakes across US-Canada border

Calvin Bautista, 36, is accused of bringing three Burmese pythons in his pants to the United States from Canada.

Reported By : AP Edited By : India TV Trending Desk | New Delhi
Published on: October 10, 2022 15:43 IST
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A New York City man has been charged with smuggling three Burmese pythons in his pants to the United States from Canada, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Calvin Bautista, 36, is accused of bringing the hidden snakes on a bus that crossed into northern New York on July 15, 2018. Importation of Burmese pythons is regulated by an international treaty and by federal regulations listing them as “injurious to human beings.”

Bautista, of Queens, was arraigned Tuesday in Albany on the federal smuggling charge and released pending trial, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Carla B. Freedman.

According to USA Today, Custom and Border Protection officials noticed “visible bulges” in the man’s pants while inspecting a Greyhound bus on July 15, 2018, an agency spokesperson said in a statement. 

“Further inspection revealed python snakes concealed in fabric bags,” the statement read. 

An email seeking comment was sent to Bautista’s lawyer.  The charge carries the potential for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine as high as $250,000, according to federal prosecutors.

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The Burmese python, one of the world’s largest snakes, is considered a vulnerable species in its native Asia and is invasive in Florida, where it threatens native animals.

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