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Smuggler Carrying Poisonous Snakes

Sat., Oct. 28, 1995

A passenger arriving in this southern Russian city from Uzbekistan had his luggage confiscated Friday when inspectors discovered he was carrying 14 bags of poisonous snakes.

The ITAR-Tass news agency said the man claimed to have only turtles and harmless grass snakes, but customs officials checking the bags found about 200 poisonous snakes. There was one bag of turtles.

The report did not say why the man, who had flown from the Uzbek capital of Tashkent, was carrying the reptiles to Russia.

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