Passenger attempts to smuggle 9 live birds at MIA, officials say

Birds concealed in fanny bag, suspect's groin area


MIAMI – A passenger arriving from Havana, Cuba, on Jan. 9 was arrested after being caught attempting to smuggle nine live birds.

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the passenger was selected for further examination. During that inspection the passenger was found to be concealing six birds in a fanny bag and three birds in the groin area.

CBP officials said the person was arrested and the birds were turned over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Miami Quarantine Station.

“In addition to enforcing both immigration laws and customs laws at the border, CBP enforces laws for many agencies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,”  said Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher Maston.

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