Attempt to Bring 40 Snakes on Plane Foiled

Posted Mar 28th 2011 12:00 PMUpdated Mar 29th 2011 07:10 AM

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Indonesian airport authorities say they foiled a plot by two men to bring 40 pythons onto an Emirates airplane headed from Jakarta to Dubai.

The two men, both from Kuwait, were arrested as they entered the departures area at the Jakarta airport after X-rays showed their bags filled with sedated pythons, officials said.

The suspects told authorities they planned to sell the snakes to collectors in the United Arab Emirates, reports the Associated Press.

They face up to seven years in jail and a fine of $32,000, if found guilty of wildlife smuggling.

"People often use the flights to Dubai to smuggle illegal animals," an official at Jakarta airport, Salahudin Rafi, told AFP news agency. He added no animals are allowed on airplanes "without permission and special handling."

The pythons were being held in a quarantine area at the Jakarta airport.

In December, police in the United Arab Emirates arrested a Saudi man they say flew on an eight-hour flight from Indonesia to Abu Dhabi with four snakes in his carry-on luggage.

Unlike in the 2006 movie "Snakes on a Plane," the creatures were not released in flight.

In another case involving snakes, in September, a notorious wildlife smuggler, known as the "Lizard King," was sentenced to six months in prison in Malaysia after being nabbed smuggling 95 live boa constrictors in his luggage. Anson Wong, 52, a Malaysian national, pleaded guilty to wildlife smuggling.

Indonesian official with python, AFP/Getty Images

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Rob

Haha, thats too much. I'm not even gonna make a snakes on a plane reference. (but i just did) muahahaha

March 29 2011 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brink

The poblem with common sense...it's not that common.

March 29 2011 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
L.A. is Best

The snakes would have fit in perfectly in the Barry whatz hiz faces administration!

March 29 2011 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ameri

I just hope that this last year it got so cold
that it frooze most of the dammed thousands
of pythons in the Florida woods..
people are so dammed stupid bringing
dangerous crap like that to america..

where you going to run and hide when
invasion comes..? With the poisoinous
snakes..? Aren't gators and fire ants
bad enough? BTW fire ants are imported too.

Beautiful America is turning into a thrid
world country in more ways than one..!!

people who dump snakes in the woods should
be fined at least $1,000. and five years in
prison..!!

March 29 2011 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Badmotorfinger

I'VE HAD IT WITH THESE MOTHER FKIN SNAKES ON THIS DAMN PLANE!

March 29 2011 at 4:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
speweth

snakes required to have ticket too. i saw the signs.

March 29 2011 at 1:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
capwhan

Did anyone notice how the Malasian only got 6 months? Anyone else would'a had way more time. I know these people.

March 29 2011 at 12:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
the giant

wait, wait, wait! is this an old news story? it must of happened a few years ago maybe? i thought i saw a movie about this starring Samuel L Jackson, am i wrong? all i know is i am tired of those motherfu#*ing snakes on those motherf#*king planes. i am not the first, nor will i be the last to make this joke, so appreciate the irony of it all and laugh that someone would get there smuggling plans from a really bad movie. I love reality, its so much better than made up stuff.

March 28 2011 at 11:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JMC

And I'll bet the customs agent that caught them said:

"I'm tired of these ******** smugglers, smuggling these ********* snakes on this ********* plane!" (Samuel L. Jackson style). ;)

March 28 2011 at 11:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rockyroo

That jerk should have his hands cut off

March 28 2011 at 10:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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