Miami FL: Venezuelan detained trying to smuggle marine wildlife out of U.S.

Posted on July 24, 2014 • Filed under: Crime, United States, Venezuela reported Venezuelan national Oscar Cordova-Cobian was charged with smuggling marine wildlife after TSA agents at Miami International Airport found more than 100 specimens of live corals, clams, and fish in his checked luggage.
Cordova-Cobian nearly got away with his crustacean caper. The 42-year-old had already passed through MIA security and was waiting to board a late-night Santa Barbara Airlines flight to Venezuela when TSA agents spotted something fishy inside his checked luggage.
TSA called the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and an FWS agent interviewed Cordova-Cobian’s cousin Javier, who was still at the security gate. Confronted with an itemized receipt for $2,070 worth of sea creatures from a Hialeah pet store, Javier confessed that Oscar planned to resell them in Venezuela for more than twice that amount. Read Article

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