27-year-old Kai Xu was arrested attempting to cross into Canada from Detroit with 51 live turtles down his pants. He was apparently smuggling the turtles he had bought to resell outside the US at much higher prices.

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Xu “regularly deals in turtle shipments worth $30,000, $80,000 or $125,000,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward said in a court filing. “In China, the turtles he smuggles are worth two to three times the amount he pays here.”

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The turtle smuggler faces ten years in prison as it is illegal to export wildlife from the U.S. without a license from the government.