Winging it: Man caught smuggling birds in pants

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 30, 2012 at 12:52 AM

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) -- A Texas man caught trying to smuggle baby parrots back from Mexico by putting the birds in his pants has been fined more than $2,600.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Thursday that agents in Del Rio also confiscated 56 blades that are used for cockfighting. Authorities said the 33-year-old man is from the West Texas town of Comanche but did not release his name.

Birds cannot be brought across the border due to concerns of spreading disease.

The small, green parrots were found Sunday in the man’s pockets and in his backpack.

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