July 20, 2010 by staff
Titi Monkeys, MEXICO CITY (CBS / AP) A man with a curious bulge under his shirt was arrested and searched at the international airport of Mexico City after he was “clearly nervous” when authorities asked what he wore.
What was he hiding?
Eighteen small endangered titi monkeys, according to authorities.
Authorities arrested 38-year-old Roberto Cabrera when they say they found 18 titi monkeys in bags filled attached to a belt he was wearing – two of the monkeys died.
According to the Public Safety Department, Cabrera arrived on a flight from Lima, Peru Friday to carry contraband critters. He claimed that he had the 6-inch monkey he called “pets” for $ 30 purchased, according to CNN. But, unfortunately for Cabrera are “pets” need a license to own and are a protected endangered species.
He told authorities that he had previously been transported in the trunk monkey but opted for the monkeys in his belt, so that the X-rays would not hurt. ”
Police were not convinced by his commitment to improving the animals’ safety. Cabrera was arrested and accused of trafficking a threatened species.
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