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Man gets probation for smuggling snakes on planes

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:39 p.m. HST, Oct 28, 2013

TYLER, Texas » An East Texas man had snakes on the planes, but he won't have time in a prison.

A federal judge today sentenced William Wylly Lamar in Tyler to three years of probation. That's after the 63-year-old Tyler eco-tourism guide pleaded guilty in June to importing wildlife taken in violation of foreign law.

Lamar admitted smuggling snakes on several planes from Peru to the United States. Prosecutors say he ought the seven live snakes in August 2012 in a market in Lima, Peru, and smuggled them in his jacket on flights from Lima to Miami, then to Dallas.

Game wardens seized the snakes from Lamar's home in Tyler. Peruvian law prohibits the exportation of wild live animals coming from the forest or jungle unless the exporter has the proper paperwork.

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environmental_lady wrote:
At first I feared that this happened in Hawaii. Glad it didn't. Still, I hope that anyone trying to smuggle snakes on a plane to Hawaii would be promptly caught and imprisoned for a long time.
on October 28,2013 | 01:21PM
AhiPoke wrote:
Seems like too light a sentence for a potentially serious crime. This guy clearly knew what he was doing. What's the reason for having laws if they're not enforced.
on October 28,2013 | 01:30PM
cojef wrote:
Sameo, in Hawaii, no different.
on October 28,2013 | 02:03PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Probation-only encourages others to illegally import snakes and other wildlife into the U.S. The judge used poor judgement.
on October 28,2013 | 02:40PM
I had first read this article as "Man gets probation for smuggling snacks" on plane, LOL!!
on October 28,2013 | 04:57PM
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