20 Jan '11, 2am

A German man who shipped hundreds of tarantulas to the US pleaded guilty to smuggling, faces up to 20 years in jail

A tarantula confiscated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service is shown in this handout photo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS LOS ANGELES - A GERMAN national who shipped hundreds of live tarantulas into the United States through the mail has pleaded guilty to a federal smuggling charge, prosecutors said. In pleading guilty on Tuesday, 37-year-old Sven Koppler admitted mailing some 247 live tarantulas to federal agents in Los Angeles, who were posing as buyers as part of an investigation dubbed 'Operation Spiderman.' Koppler further admitted sending the agents 22 Mexican red-kneed tarantulas, a species of spider formally known as Brachypelma smithi that is protected under an international treaty. Koppler, who lives in Wachtberg, Germany, faces a maximum of 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced on April 11, US Attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek said. Authorities say the investigatio...

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