German Man Attempts To Smuggle 44 Lizards ... In His Pants | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Airborne Unlimited-
Monday

Airborne Unmanned-
Alt. Wednesdays

Airborne Flight Training-Alt. Wednesdays

Airborne Unlimited-
Friday

Airborne Special Programs!

Airborne On ANN

Airborne Unlimited--05.18.20

Airborne-Unmanned--05.14.20

NEW! Airborne-Flight Training--05.06.20

Airborne Unlimited--05.22.20

Airborne's Annual April 1st Episode

Airborne-YouTube

Airborne Unlimited--05.18.20

Airborne-Unmanned--05.14.20

NEW! Airborne-Flight Training--05.20.20

Airborne Unlimited--05.22.20

The 2020 Avionics Innovation Preview!

Thu, Jan 28, 2010

German Man Attempts To Smuggle 44 Lizards ... In His Pants

Will Spend Some Time In A New Zealand Jail For His Trouble

Airport security officials at Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand didn't need a full body scanner to detect something was wrong with a German passenger attempting to board an international flight. The man had 44 small lizards sewn into a package hidden in his underwear.

We'll wait for you to stop giggling.

The geckos and skinks are protected species in New Zealand, and the passenger, 58-year-old Hans Kurt Kubus admitted he was trading in exploited species without a permit and hunting absolutely protected wildlife without authority. He pleaded guilty to two charges under the Wildlife Act and five under the Trade in Endangered Species Act.

According to the Associated Press, Kubus will spend 14 weeks in jail in New Zealand, and pay a fine of $3,540.  He will be immediately deported to Germany on completion of his sentence. He could have been jailed for up to six months and fined $355,000, so it appears he got off fairly easy.

The lizards could have brought $2,800 each on the European market.

Kubus had traveled to New Zealand multiple times over the past few years, including once in 2008 with a Swiss reptile dealer. Authorities say it is more likely he planned to keep the lizards in a personal collection rather than sell them.

FMI: www.doc.govt.nz

Advertisement

More News

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.26.20)

“By conducting advanced at sea tests against UAVs and small craft, we will gain valuable information on the capabilities of the Solid State Laser Weapons System Demonstrator >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.26.20): High Speed Taxiway

High Speed Taxiway A long radius taxiway designed and provided with lighting or marking to define the path of aircraft, traveling at high speed (up to 60 knots), from the runway ce>[...]

Virgin Orbit Addresses Failure of First Launch Attempt

The Valiant Attempt To Reach Orbit Also Recognized and Lauded by SpaceX' Elon Musk It was not the best of days for the team at Virgin Orbit, but it was an educational one. After ha>[...]

AMA Staying Active In 'DC' Despite Pandemic Issues

AMA Offers A Government Affairs Update Our friends at AMA remain busy trying to keep the more ignorant factions of our government from doing any more damage to the model aviation c>[...]

Destination Aviation Summer Camp Goes Online

Content Designed For Campers 11-17 Years Old The Aerospace Center for Excellence, Inc has announced that it will host its Destination Aviation Summer Camp for participants online f>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2020 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC