Man tries to smuggle live birds in hair curlers

Agriculture

I’m Tricia Sloma, with today’s AgDay Minute.

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Check this out federal officials say a man from Guyana was caught at a New York airport…trying to smuggle more than two-dozen birds into the country… in hair curlers! U-S Customs and Border Protection says officers seized 29-finches from his baggage. The birds are now being cared for by the Department of Ag’s Veterinary services. The man wasn’t charged but he was fined 300-dollars and placed on a flight back to Guyana.

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