You'd think this was a "first"--but it is not.
Had he used a more modern hair care item, such as a curling iron, maybe a 26-year-old Guyanan bird smuggler would have gotten past U.S. Customs agents.
But as it was, he used hair rollers -- each stuffed with a live finch, according to Customs and Border Protection. The smuggling attempt was thwarted at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport Sunday during a secondary search of the unidentified traveler's luggage, according to the CBP. There were 29 of the birds, each tightly housed inside a hair roller, agents say. "The smuggling of these birds in hair curlers shows the horror of wildlife trafficking," says Ryan Noel, Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Surprisingly, the smuggler was only fined $300 and sent back to Guyana, a CBP spokesman says. The finches were handed over to USDA Veterinary Services, the agency reveals. Any idea why someone would smuggle finches into the U.S.? Have you ever managed to sneak something past airport security?
Check out the video--this has been tried before...