Guy Facing 20 Years in Prison for Smuggling Snakes



A California man was arrested Tuesday after authorities seized a shipment containing three king cobras stuffed in potato chip cans en route to his house, the Associated Press reports.

US Customs and Border Protection discovered the three two-foot long killer snakes back in March when they intercepted a package from Hong Kong. According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release, each snake was crammed into its own emptied tube of knockoff Pringles chips. Officers also found three live albino Chinese soft-shelled turtles in the same package, which was sent to 34-year-old Rodrigo Franco.

When they stormed Franco's Monterey Park apartment, they found a small reptilian exhibit's worth of protected herps: a baby crocodile, a few different kinds of snapping turtles, and five diamondback terrapins—all imprisoned in a glass tank sitting in a child's bedroom, the Los Angeles Times reports.

So this story is terrible and no one should abuse/take advantage of animals, especially for a profit. But part of me kinda wishes they let this guy go home with the snakes so that they attacked him in his sleep. Like sure he might go to prison for 20 years which is scary af... But imagine how much scarier it is walking over to the snake tank you have and you see the KING COBRAS missing. Like no way he is sleeping knowing those bad boys are on the loose. 

Ethan Cole

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