Guyanese arrested for live birds in hair rollers at JFK Airport in New York

The type of birds seized in hair rollers

According to an ABC11.com report, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents stopped the arriving passenger on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana.

During the course of the inspection, they discovered 70 live finches in hair rollers inside a black duffel bag.     

The finches were detained under quarantine and turned over to United States Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services.

Persons have been smuggling finches to the US for years now. It is hard to detect in those hair curlers. The birds are fed stuff to make them sleep.

The birds have a ready market for owners who “race” them (whistling competition) with at least US$5,000.

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