The old ‘Strap 15 Lizards On Your Chest’ Trick Fails!

November 21, 2009

(ChattahBox) — From ornamental Christmas bongs here, on to another ‘cold blooded’ attempts at smuggling.  Federal officials have arrested a man who strapped 15 live lizards to his chest to get through customs at Los Angeles International airport.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday that 40-year-old Michael Plank of Lomita was returning from Australia when U.S. Customs agents found 11 skinks, two geckos and two monitor lizards fastened to his body Tuesday.  Customs officials weren’t apparently buying the “Bloody hell mate, how did those get there” line. Authorities say the lizards’ value totals more than $8,500 on the pet market.  Plank who did not have the required export permit (hence the strap them on your chest maneuver) has been released on $10,000 bond and will be arraigned in federal court on Dec. 21.

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