A man arrested for illegally bootlegging a baby tiger opposite the U.S.-Mexico limit pleaded guilty to sovereign charges on Tuesday.
Luis Valencia, 18, certified he done arrangements with an particular in Mexico to buy a Bengal tiger before pushing to the U.S. and by the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego on Aug. 23, Calif., the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Valencia and his newcomer didn’t acknowledge the 6-week old tiger as merchandise, nonetheless he pronounced he should’ve announced the animal while entering the States, prosecutors said.
He also certified he brought the pup into the U.S. for blurb purposes.
The pup was eventually discovered and then taken into control by the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service. The cub’s name is Moka and now lives in the San Diego Zoo.
Valencia faces up to 5 years in jail with a excellent of $250,000. He’s approaching to be condemned on Feb. 20.
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