Queens Man Admits Smuggling Endangered Turtles in Packages Marked ‘Snacks’

Queens Man Admits Smuggling Endangered Turtles in Packages Marked ‘Snacks’

unbrokenly ivermectin dose for human In May, officials with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service made an unusual discovery at the international mail facility at Kennedy Airport: five packages labeled “snacks” that had just arrived from Hong Kong.

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oral ivermectin for scabies in humans Carouge On Monday, Hsien Lin Hsu, 46, of Queens, pleaded guilty in Federal District Court in Brooklyn to trafficking in the protected turtles in violation of the Endangered Species Act and an international wildlife treaty. He faces up to 21 months in prison; no sentencing date was set. Among the protected species that Mr. Hsu tried to smuggle into New York, prosecutors said, were 10 Indian roofed turtles, four Chinese big-headed turtles, 37 yellow-margined Chinese box turtles and 12 black-breasted turtles.

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At a plea hearing on Monday, Mr. Hsu admitted that he had brought the turtles into the country knowingly and without the proper permits.

Once the turtles were discovered at the airport in ordinary packages addressed to Mr. Hsu, a wildlife service scientist determined that they were protected.

Within days, according to court papers, federal agents armed with a search warrant descended on Mr. Hsu’s residence in the Oakland Gardens sections of Queens, where they found 135 more turtles, including loggerhead musks, stinkpots and cooters.

During the search, court papers say, the agents also found more shipping packages labeled “snacks,” each one containing a few loose pieces of candy. When the agents questioned Mr. Hsu, he admitted that he had struck a deal with turtle suppliers in Hong Kong to bring the reptiles into the country illegally, according to the complaint.

John S. Wallenstein, Mr. Hsu’s lawyer, said his client had treated the turtles well, but added, “Unfortunately, he brought them into the country when he knew it was illegal to do so.”

Mr. Hsu was “well known in the turtle world,” Mr. Wallenstein said. “And he was very upset when the government confiscated them.”