New York, April 28 2021: Customs authorities have apprehended a man on New York’s JFK airport for trying to smuggle live Finches into the city from Guyana, Georgetown. Finches, a relatively rare specie of birds, are prized in the US for their ability to generate joyful and melodious sounds and singing competitions are a regular occurrence in Queens and Brooklyn boroughs of New York city.
According to federal prosecutors, 35 birds were attached to the man’s jacket and ankles and were being smuggled into the country for music concerts. The man had rigged up multiple tiny cylindrical containers with mesh covered openings, fashioned out of hair curlers to allow the birds to breathe.
Upon questioning the man, it was revealed that he was offered $3000 dollars to smuggle the birds into the country with $500 upfront and remaining in balance till he made the delivery in the US. He has currently been released on a $25000 bond according to court documents.
According to court documents, a statement from special agent at the US Fish and Wildlife service, says a prized finch can fetch as much as $10,000 and the finches from Guyana with their superior singing abilities and melodious voices are in high demand in the country.
The scale of the operation can be estimated by looking at figures from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, which quote a whooping 20,762 birds seized globally in 2017 alone.
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