News Release

May 1, 2012

Japanese National Sentenced to 21 Months in Federal Prison for Smuggling Turtles and Tortoises into the United States

Media Contacts:
Assistant United States Attorney Dennis Mitchell Environmental Crimes Section (213) 894-2484

A Japanese national described in court documents as "a major wildlife trafficker" was sentenced today to 21 months in federal prison for smuggling 55 live turtles and tortoises from Japan into the United States, all of which were concealed in snack food boxes when the protected animals were discovered at Los Angeles International Airport in January 2011. See News Release