News Americas, Thurs. July 5, 2018: A Caribbean national was let go with a US $300 fine after attempting to smuggle eight live birds into the U.S.
US. Customs and Border Protection Officers and Agriculture Specialists at John F. Kennedy International Airport discovered eight live finches concealed inside a hidden compartment of the computer bag of a Guyanese national.
The Guyanese citizen arrived on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana and was inspected by CBP Officers, who conducted an examination of the traveler’s computer bag and made the discovery.
CBP Agriculture Specialists then quarantined the finches and issued the fine to the traveler, who was then surprisingly admitted to the United States.
The seized birds were placed in a quarantine isolation crate and turned over to personnel from U. S. Department of Agriculture, Veterinary Services.
So far this year, CBP at JFK stopped six bird smuggling attempts, seizing a total of 114 birds.