Monday, December 26, 2011

You can't take snakes on a plane! Man arrested for trying to smuggle 15 venomous vipers aboard in his luggage

Samuel L. Jackson would probably be pretty angry with Karel Abelovsky, a Czech national who tried to smuggle 15 venomous vipers aboard an airplane in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  He nearly succeeded in taking more than 200 mollusks on a plane to Madrid, Spain, in his checked luggage, but airport screeners discovered from an x-ray that his over-loaded suitcase was full of wriggling, moving live animals.

Included in the mix were nine species of poisonous snakes, among them two yaras -- an aggressive species that can grow up to five feet.  Authorities believe Abelovsky is part of an exotic animal smuggling ring and was planning to take the creatures out of the country to sell abroad.  The animals were all packed in clear plastic containers.

Two of them were already dead when authorities found them.  Experts say the rest likely would have died from lack of oxygen in the cargo hold when the plane made it up to cruising elevation.  Workers discovered the suitcase December 7.

A judge charged Abelovsky with smuggling this week.  He could be sentenced to 10 years in prison if he is convicted.

The case brings to mind the infamously ridiculous movie 'Snakes on a Plane,' that features Mr Jackson as an FBI agent on a plane filled with deadly venomous snakes.  The most famous line of the movie was Mr Jackson's character yelling: 'Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherf******* snakes on this motherf******* plane!'

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