Siblings charged over rare snake import

Last updated 08:26 10/01/2014

Relevant offers

Americas

What's troubling athletes arriving in Rio? No 'Pokemon Go' San Diego police officer dead after shooting Democratic National Convention - Hillary Clinton accepts presidential nomination Chinese rocket lights up skies over US Donald Trump says was being 'sarcastic' in Russia hack comments Three killed during wild Colombian football celebrations Poll: Clinton has a big lead in Trump's must-win Pennsylvania Where does TPP stand in this Trump v Clinton Presidential showdown? 'Hillary's been in the room,' Obama says vouching for Clinton's White House credentials Democratic National Convention: President Obama says 'nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president'

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.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content