A person arrested for illegally smuggling a child tiger throughout the U.S.-Mexico border pleaded responsible to federal fees on Tuesday.
Luis Valencia, 18, admitted he made preparations with a person in Mexico to purchase a Bengal tiger earlier than driving to the U.S. and thru the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego on Aug. 23, Calif., the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace stated.
Valencia and his passenger didn’t acknowledge the 6-week previous tiger as merchandise, though he stated he ought to’ve declared the animal whereas getting into the States, prosecutors stated.
He additionally admitted he introduced the cub into the U.S. for business functions.
Teenager arrested for making an attempt to smuggle tiger cub into US
The cub was ultimately rescued after which taken into custody by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The cub’s identify is Moka and now lives within the San Diego Zoo.
Valencia faces as much as 5 years in jail with a nice of $250,000. He’s anticipated to be sentenced on Feb. 20.
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