A federal court docket in New Orleans on Thursday indicted 5 males for allegedly conspiring to smuggle 90 endangered birds to Taiwan.
They included parrots, macaws, cockatoos and corellas. The birds are protected by the Conference on Worldwide Commerce in Endangered Species.
“These indictments show our dedication shared with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service to research and prosecute these engaged in unlawful commerce of protected animals,” appearing Assistant Normal Jeffrey Wooden stated.
The suspects allegedly packed among the birds in falsely labeled crates and submitted pretend paperwork to U.S. wildlife officers in New Orleans.
Brokers seized among the birds on the airport in Houston, Texas, earlier than they might be shipped to Taiwan.
The Justice Division calls wildlife trafficking a critical crime that harms endangered species everywhere in the world.