• Smuggling Jul 7, 2020

    Man Accused of Smuggling Egyptian Artifacts Through JFK

    A Brooklyn man was indicted Monday for allegedly smuggling hundreds of ancient Egyptian artifacts through JFK International Airport earlier this year. The United States Attorney’s Office says Ashraf Omar Eldarir arrived at the airport on Jan. 22 with three suitcases of what he claimed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection as goods valued at about $300. But when agents opened…

  • coronavirus May 19, 2020

    Endangered Pangolin a Possible Link in Spread of COVID-19

    The pangolin – an unusual bug-hunting endangered mammal with a long tongue and scales all over its body – has now entered the COVID-19 scientific journals because it carries a coronavirus that looks strikingly similar to the virus that has swept the world.

  • Lizards Jan 9, 2020

    Lizards Smuggled From Philippines Sold in Connecticut: Officials

    A Florida man has pleaded guilty to his part in a trafficking scheme in which live water monitor lizards were concealed inside electronic equipment and smuggled from the Philippines to the United States, including to Connecticut, according to federal officials. Court records show 44-year-old Akbar Akram pleaded guilty Wednesday in Tampa federal court to one count of wildlife trafficking. The…

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