Siblings charged over rare snake import

Last updated 08:26 10/01/2014

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A brother and sister from the US have been indicted on charges of illegally importing a rare boa constrictor from Brazil.

The US Attorney's Office in Utah says 39-year-old Jeremy Stone and 34-year-old Keri Stone brought the snake into the country through a shipment that went through Miami.

Authorities say they paid thousands of dollars to administrators at a Brazilian zoo to get the white leucistic boa. They say the two falsely reported the snake had been caught in the wild in Guyana.

Prosecutors say Jeremy Stone bred the boa constrictor with other snakes at his reptile business and sold the offspring for tens of thousands of dollars.

Attorney Larry Bakman says Jeremey Stone denies the allegations. It wasn't immediately clear if Keri Stone has an attorney.

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