Six Arrested After 1,966 Cartons of Duck Intestines Were Found Hidden Under Rattlesnakes

by Anthony Losanno

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Last month, I wrote about mummified monkeys being smuggled into Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) (more here). Today, NBC News is reporting that six people were arrested this week after smuggling 1,966 cartons filled with duck and goose intestines, duck blood, and hawthorn fruit from China into the United States.

The scheme involved hiding some of the contraband goods under packaged rattlesnakes (not sure how those are allowed either). The cartons of duck and goose intestines were brought into the country from China through the Port of Long Beach. They were identified as nail clippers, seafood, and pet grooming supplies on customs forms. They would then be transported to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), flown to New York John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and sold to restaurants.

US Customs and Border Protection is trained to find attempts to bring illegal meat into the United States. With few exceptions (like meat hunted in Canada for personal consumption), it’s not allowed and can carry hefty fines and even jail time if you’re busted.

Anthony’s Take: This is all-around disgusting. Hiding goose intestines under rattlesnakes is just another level of gross. It’s good that these six were arrested. Unprocessed foreign meat can host all sorts of pathogens and diseases.

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