ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York Metropolis man has been charged with smuggling three Burmese pythons in his pants at a U.S-Canadian border crossing.
Calvin Bautista, 36, is accused of bringing the hidden snakes on a bus that crossed into northern New York on July 15, 2018. Importation of Burmese pythons is regulated by a world treaty and by federal rules itemizing them as “injurious to human beings.”
Bautista, of Queens, was arraigned Tuesday in Albany on the federal smuggling cost and launched pending trial, in response to a information launch from the workplace of U.S. Legal professional Carla B. Freedman.
An electronic mail searching for remark was despatched to Bautista’s lawyer.
The cost carries the potential for a most sentence of 20 years in jail and a high quality as excessive as $250,000, in response to federal prosecutors.
The Burmese python, one of many world’s largest snakes, is taken into account a weak species in its native Asia and is invasive in Florida, the place it threatens native animals.