Parrot smuggler gets 10 months behind bars
Posted: 08 July 2008 05:48 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Parrot smuggler gets 10 months behind bars
A confessed parrot-smuggler from Los Angeles was sentenced Monday to 10 months in prison and two years supervised probation for his guilty plea to attempting to smuggle 44 birds into the U.S. from Mexico.

Candido Palacios, his wife Aracelia Urias-Palacios and one of their children were enterring the U.S. at the Otay Mesa checkpoint when inspectors heard birds screeching. A search of the vehicle uncovered 40 Conure parrots and 4 yellow-headed Amazon parrots _ with a wholesale value of $7,200, according to court records.

Palacios was charged with violating federal laws regulating the importation of wildlife. His wife admitted guilt to a misdemeanor and was given probation.

Bird smugglers like Palacios are attempting to avoid putting the birds in quarantine, which is time-consuming and expensive. But Asst. U.S. Atty. Anne Perry said the quarantine process is needed to protect the country from bird diseases that could devastate the poultry industry, like Newcastle Disease.

“It would only take one bird to take down Zacky Farms,” Perry said.

Tony Perry, in San Diego

Photo: Parrots seized at Otay Mesa. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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Posted: 10 July 2008 06:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’m glad to hear there is some enforcement at least on the U.S. side of the border! Sadly there is very little confiscation of illegally trapped Mexican native parrot species in Mexico, and the trappers continue to harvest birds out of the wild in very large numbers.
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Posted: 17 November 2009 10:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I’m so glad about the fact that they are doing something about it and they knew about it. But I think they hould give a bit more on the reinforcing the border.

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