Man Who Smuggled Live Turtles In His Pants Pleads Guilty

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A student caught with 51 live turtles in his pants pleaded guilty to smuggling charges Wednesday in a Michigan court.

The 27-year-old Canadian, Kai Xu, admitted to smuggling or trying to smuggle at least 1,600 turtles out of the United States between April 2014 and his arrest in September 2014.

He now faces up to 60 years in prison.

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As Popdust previously reported, officials began watching Xu in August, 2014 when he transferred some packages at a parcel center in Detroit.

Xu was stopped by Canadian Border Services when he passed back through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.  He was found to have 41 live turtles taped to his legs and 10 hidden between his legs, the complaint said.

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On the same day, Xu packed 1,000 turtles into suitcases, planning to send them to Shanghai, according to prosecutors.

Poor Xu.

Listen, who among us has not put live turtles in our pants?

The heart wants what it wants. Sometimes the heart wants turtles. Lots of them.

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Or maybe I'm just a hopeless romantic. Maybe Xu is just a guy trying to make a quick buck.

The turtles included North American varieties such as eastern box turtles, red-eared sliders and diamondback terrapins, which sell for up to $800 each.

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Xu "regularly deals in turtle shipments worth $30,000, $80,000 or $125,000," wrote Sara Woodward, assistant US attorney, in a court filing.

I don't like the thought of Xu telling his cellmates how he landed himself in prison. Turtle smugglers are probably second only to child molesters in prison pariah hierarchy.

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Sentencing is scheduled for next April in Ann Arbor.

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