[UPDATED AND CORRECTED:] Today's Sentencing for Smuggling Songbirds From Vietnam
UPDATE AND CORRECTION: Changes throughout (see below) . . .
I've heard of chicken legs, but this is ridiculous.
Courtesy of U.S. Attorney's Office
Duc Le of Garden Grove pleaded guilty today to conspiring to illegally bring live Asian songbirds into the United States by attaching them to the legs of another Garden Grove man who has already pleaded guilty to smuggling the birds under his pants.
Le, who entered his plea in a Los Angeles federal courthouse, faces up to five years in prison at his June 23 sentencing.
Sony Dong, 46, faces up to 20 years in federal lock-up at his April 26 sentencing after having pleaded guilty to illegally importing wildlife.
He was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport last March after arriving on a flight from Vietnam. Authorities in the Customs area found 14 birds he had wrapped in cloth and strapped to his legs and ankles.
Amazingly, all survived the trip.
A search of Dong's Garden Grove home turned up another 51 songbirds, according to authorities, who put the street value on the chirpers at $400 each.
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