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skoker
May 24, 2007, 12:18 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/05/24/egypt.snakes.ap/index.html

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Customs officers at Cairo's airport have detained a man bound for Saudi Arabia who was trying to smuggle 700 live snakes on a plane, airport authorities said.

The officers were stunned when a passenger, identified as Yahia Rahim Tulba, told them his carryon bag contained live snakes after he was asked to open it.

Tulba opened his bag to show the snakes to the police and asked the officers, who held a safe distance, not to come close. Among the various snakes, hidden in small cloth sacks, were two poisonous cobras, authorities said.

The Egyptian said he had hoped to sell the snakes in Saudi Arabia. Police confiscated the snakes and turned Tulba over to the prosecutor's office, accusing him of violating export laws and endangering the lives of other passengers.

According to the customs officials, Tulba claimed the snakes are wanted by Saudis who display them in glass jars in shops, keep them as pets or sell them to research centers.

The value of the snakes was not immediately known.

Jack Flash
May 24, 2007, 12:21 PM
Enough is enough!

Benjamin
May 24, 2007, 12:24 PM
Enough is enough!

That's not the full quote but I'll forgive you. :eek: :p

Funny though on the article.

Counterfit
May 24, 2007, 09:57 PM
At least he didn't have them wrapped around him. What is it with Egypt and snake smuggling?

xsedrinam
May 24, 2007, 10:25 PM
At least he didn't have them wrapped around him. What is it with Egypt and snake smuggling?

Tulba claimed the snakes are wanted by Saudis who display them in glass jars in shops, keep them as pets or sell them to research centers.

I guess it makes sense to them, though I can't fathom a smuggling ring being a group of enthusiastic volunteers.

Among the various snakes, hidden in small cloth sacks, were two poisonous cobras, authorities said.
Not. Brilliant.