September 24, 2023

SAN DIEGO (KSWB) – A driver was detained on the San Ysidro Port of Entry after making an attempt to smuggle 13 reside yellow-headed parrots, authorities mentioned.

The seizure occurred June 16 when U.S. Customs and Border Safety (CBP) officers searched a 2010 sedan pushed by a 26-year-old man making use of for entry into the U.S. from Mexico, border officers mentioned.

Throughout the inspection, CBP agriculture specialists discovered 13 yellow-headed parrots hidden in two duffel luggage within the trunk of the automobile, in line with CBP.

“CBP enforces a whole lot of legal guidelines on the border for greater than 40 completely different authorities companies, with a purpose to assist cease smuggling makes an attempt like these which might result in trafficking of presumably endangered species,” mentioned Sidney Aki, CBP Director of Discipline Operations in San Diego. “Smugglers try to deceive CBP officers for granted for the well being and security of the animals; CBP goals to constantly implement USDA and CDC tips.”

Border officers detained the motive force and turned him over to the custody of Homeland Safety Investigators and Fish and Wildlife Providers for additional processing. The parrots have been taken to a safe and protected space, the place they are going to stay beneath quarantine by U.S. Division of Agriculture Veterinary Providers to make sure that no avian illnesses are affecting the birds.

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