SAN DIEGO — A person who smuggled a Bengal tiger cub into California from Mexico has pleaded responsible to federal fees.
Eighteen-yr-previous Luis Valencia of Perris entered the plea on Tuesday in San Diego.
The 6-week-previous cub was discovered on the passenger-aspect flooring in Valencia’s automotive in August at a San Diego border checkpoint.
Tigers are endangered and it’s unlawful to import them with no allow.
Valencia advised authorities he obtained the animal as a pet however later acknowledged he was bringing it into the U.S. for business functions.
He now faces as much as 5 years in federal jail and a $250,000 high quality.
One other defendant is awaiting trial.
The tiger cub was named Moka and now lives on the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.