Strange story from the Nashville Post…
Federal agents from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local police today seized wood, guitars, computers and boxes of files from Gibson Guitar’s Massman Road manufacturing facility.
Sources say the Nashville-based guitar manufacturer is being investigated for violating the Lacey Act, a key piece of environmental law, for importing endangered species of rosewood from Madagascar…
…Sources tell NashvillePost.com Gibson was involved in a scheme that shipped the wood from Madagascar to Germany and then to the United States.
Not good for Gibson if the “sources” are on the money… an international rosewood smuggling ring.
A Norwegian reptile incident from Reuters…
A man was caught by Norwegian customs carrying a tarantula in his bag, and a further 14 royal pythons and 10 albino leopard geckos taped to his body, media reported Monday.
Hmmm…Just how did the crack Norwegian customs officers come to suspect the reptile offender?
“Customs officers quickly realized the man was smuggling animals, because his whole body was in constant motion,”
14 of these…
…plus, 10 of these…
…strapped to your body…yup, that could make a fellow a might fidgety.
I found it a bit odd that the guy was only fined 12,500 Norwegian crowns ($2,256) but, I defer to the Norwegians as they are known for their practical judgment.
This time, Spokane, Washington is the locale; from Breitbart/Canadian Press.
A Washington state woman who hid a sedated monkey under her blouse on a flight from Thailand to Los Angeles – pretending she was pregnant – has been convicted of smuggling charges.
Twenty-nine-year-old Gypsy Lawson of Spokane successfully passed through U.S. Customs in Los Angeles with the rhesus monkey hidden in her shirt during a November 2007 trip.
That makes good sense there. I’m sure at one time or another, we’ve all thought of smuggling a rhesus monkey in to the country from Bangkok. But, how do you do it? The old pretending you are pregnant gambit. Nobody is going to question a pregnant woman. Everyone cuts a pregnant woman some slack. Good scam, not really yobworthy.
Her mother, 55-year-old Fran Ogren of Northport, Wash., accompanied her daughter on the flight from Bangkok and was also convicted.
A jury found the two women guilty Monday on separate charges of conspiracy and smuggling goods into the United States.
See, now that’s not a good idea there. A good monkey smuggling should be a one person operation. The more people involved, the more things can go wrong is the old truism amongst savvy monkey smugglers. And, the last person you want to put in to the hot zone is your own mother.
But, does that reach the yob standard?
I don’t know but, this surely does.
They were arrested after Lawson boasted to a clothing store clerk about the airport escapade.
Don’t go bragging about it when you are shopping.
Now, this joke has been told many times, in many ways by many people. But, the old jokes are the best.
Take it away Benny Hill!
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