17 May '11, 4am

German man receives 6-month jail term for smuggling hundreds of tarantulas into the US by mail

LOS ANGELES - A GERMAN man considered to be among the world's top spider smugglers was sentenced to six months in federal prison on Monday for bringing hundreds of tarantulas into the United States by mail. US District Judge S. James Otero said he hoped the sentencing of Sven Koppler, 37, of Wachtburg, Germany, would deter others from trying to smuggle animals into the US. Court documents filed in the case estimated the illegal wildlife trade generates as much as US$20 billion (S$25 billion) a year. Koppler earlier this year pleaded guilty to one count of smuggling goods into the US and faced up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors had recommended Koppler serve 10 months. Koppler portrayed himself as a spider breeder and said shipping the arachnids is legal in Europe and other countries. A prosecution expert said in court documents he believed Koppler was one of the three la...

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channelnewsasia.com 19 May '11, 9am

SINGAPORE: A 31-year-old Malaysian man has been arrested for trying to smuggle 15 puppies into Singapore. The Immigration ...