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A man caught smuggling 51 turtles in his pants pleads guilty

He was caught last year at a border crossing with 51 snappers taped to his body

Baku. 2 December. REPORT.AZ/ A Canadian man caught with dozens of turtles inside his pants is getting snapped by the U.S. justice system, Report informs referring to the CBC News.

Kai Xu has pleaded guilty to smuggling or attempting to smuggle thousands of turtles from southeastern Michigan.

He was caught last year at a border crossing with 51 snappers taped to his body.

Xu ordered turtles online and would travel to the U.S. to ship them to China or return with them to Canada.

The 27-year-old pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Ann Arbor, Mich.

It's illegal to export wildlife from the U.S. without a license from the government. Xu faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

According to American court documents, officers with the Canada Border Services Agency intercepted Xu last August as he attempted to cross into Windsor, Ont., from Detroit.

Xu was found to have 41 live turtles strapped to his legs and 10 hidden between his legs, according to an affidavit from a special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which outlined the criminal complaint.

Canadian authorities seized the turtles, which included North American varieties such as eastern box turtles, red-eared sliders and diamondback terrapins - some of which sell for $800 US each - and turned them over to American officials.

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