Man Arrested For Trying to Board Flight With 27 Snakes.
My God, what is wrong with people? Seriously. What misfires in a person’s noodle that tells them that this kind of BS is acceptable public behavior and that he will get away with it. Most importantly, what would Samuel L. Jackson say? (Snakes on a Plane reference to those who haven’t seen it.)
A Brazilian man was arrested for trying to board a flight at Orlando International Airport while carrying 27 snakes that he’d wrapped in pantyhose and stashed away in inside stereo speakers.
Mateus Del Maso, Jr. checked the speakers as luggage, but they were inspected and the snakes hidden inside were discovered. The creatures never made it onto the aircraft.
Dal Maso purchased the serpents at the National Reptile Breeders Expo in Daytona Beach, Fla. He admitted he was going to carry the snakes – which he valued at about $10,000 – into Brazil and breed them for commercial purposes.
He did not have the proper authorization to take the reptiles — one ball python, seven boa constrictors, and 19 color morph corn snakes — into Brazil.
Dal Maso pleaded guilty on Aug. 23 to attempting to smuggle the snakes. He served two days in Orange County Jail and was fined $6,000. He was also sentenced to one year of supervised release, and must report to a probation officer within 72 hours of his arrival if he ever returns to the U.S.
The snakes were taken to an undisclosed care facility.
The arrest came about as a result of a multi-agency law enforcement operation that’s been dubbed “Operation Snake Pit.” The program seeks to prevent the illegal shipping of reptiles….
Yeah, I’m serious, they have a law enforcement agency devoted to snakes on a plane. I can hear Samuel L. Jackson now…”I’m tired of these motherf**king snakes on this motherf**king plane”. That has got to be a running joke around that office.