Man Tries Smuggling 15 Lizards Into U.S.–Strapped to His Chest

lizardsAlright kids, listen up–don’t ever, ever try and smuggle drugs, guns or live lizards into the United States.  Customs officials are notoriously unimpressed by idiots who try such shenanigans.

And I can guarantee you that this guy got the old rubber glove treatment for sure.

Michael Plank, 40-years-old, and obviously an amphibian lover (not to mention a bonafide genius), was arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) trying to smuggle 15 lizards strapped to his chest.

The lizards, two geckos, eleven skinks, and two monitor lizards, were concealed in a money belt.  No word on whether one of the geckos was that British speaking lizard from the Geico commercials.

The lizards have a value of $8500, which I found surprising, considering they’re, you know, lizards.  Mr. Plank faces felony charges for concealing the illegal import of wildlife into the United States.  Plank could be sentenced to 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.



Jeff Greenwell is the writer/editor of Last Angry Fan. Jeff has been known to rock a Speedo while belting out Robert Goulet tunes from his front porch, and in his spare time he enjoys capturing and training feral goats to be his minions. Also known to dig a nice brick of cheese from time to time.
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  • Stig-Rune Skansgård
    4 November 2010 at 12:21 pm
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    Err… Geckos, Skinks and Monitors are reptiles, not amphibians…

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