Men try to smuggle birds in pocket, pack
If a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, what will four birds in a pocket and three in a fanny pack bring? If border agents notice, a $1,000 fine and maybe worse.
US Customs and Border Protection agents said Monday they seized seven birds from two men as they re-entered the United States from Canada via Buffalo’s Peace Bridge. John Beale, 59, and Frank Salvini, 65, caught the attention of officers when they said they had gone to Canada Friday not for the usual gambling or theater excursion, but to buy 25 pounds of millet bird seed.
The suspicious agents searched the men and found seven undeclared live finches, each worth $50 to $200 in the U.S. market. Four of the birds were in the liner of a coat pocket and the other three were in toilet paper rolls inside a fanny pack, agents said. ap