A Canadian man named Kai Xu, was arrested with 51 live turtles taped to his legs and his groin—in an attempt to smuggle the reptiles across the U.S. border.
And he would have made it, had it not been for his bulging sweatpants. Oh, and an extensive surveillance operation by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents.
On 5 August, two fish and wildlife agents say they watched Xu disappear behind two semi-trailers in a Detroit parking lot for about 10 minutes before reappearing with, "irregularly shaped bulges under Xu's sweatpants on both legs
He was later stopped by the Canadian border patrol as he drove through the Detroit crossing border into Windsor, Ontario.
According to authorities, live turtle smuggling is a lucrative criminal enterprise, with each reptile fetching as much as $1,300 to $1,500 on the Asian food and collector markets.
Xu was charged with illegal smuggling and violations of the endangered species act—along with another man, Lihua Lin, who is believed to have been working in collaboration with Xu.
Lin was busted earlier in the week, as he attempted to fly from Detroit to Shanghai with two checked bags full of more than 200 live turtles, including the protected spotted turtle.