JFK finch smuggling man, Francis Gurahoo, 39, was arrested on Sunday for trying to smuggle three dozens of live finches from Guyana to the United States.
A Connecticut man was arrested at JFK airport on Sunday after trying to smuggle 34 live finches out of Guyana, which he hid in plastic curlers. The birds have a value of around $ 100,000 on the black market, federal prosecutors in New York announced.
According to the complaint filed by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, Francis Gurahoo, 39, tried to smuggle dozens of finches into his carry-on luggage. The finches would be subjected to singing competitions in Brooklyn and Queens, where viewers bet on the bird with the most harmonious song, according to prosecutors.
“In these competitions, which are often held in public areas such as parks, two finches sing and a judge selects the bird with the best voice.” Many of those who attend the singing competitions bet on these birds. the finch that wins these competitions becomes valuable and can be sold for more than $5,000,” the complaint reads.
Gurahoo said he planned to sell the birds for approximately $ 3,000 each, according to the complaint filed by prosecutors. Supposedly, Gurahoo admitted that he intended to smuggle the birds to avoid a quarantine period.
Federal regulations require that you declare the import of any wildlife and obtain a permit for importation from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
In addition, federal regulations require imported commercial birds to go through a quarantine period of 30 days to prevent the spread of diseases transmitted by foreign birds.
Gurahoo appeared in court on Monday.