Man Tries To Smuggle Squirrels From Bali To Australia By Stuffing Them In His Pants
Drugs, tax-free cigarettes, firearms - these are just some of the goods people are caught trying to smuggle overseas.
According to the Daily Mail, Lucas Seth Jolly, now 20, was stopped by airport staff at Brisbane after a friend tipped off authorities about his master plan.
Jolly even boasted about his mission on Facebook just hours before.
For what reason this guy wanted to hatch such a bizarre and pointless plan, we're not quite sure, but he certainly was proud of himself - so much so that he shared a series of photos of the quest with his online pals.
He captioned the images: 'He's ready for the flight' and 'It f***ing worked, f*** all your haters'.
The guy spoke too soon, because one of his followers grassed him up, which ultimately led to his downfall, said Prosecutor Sam Hill at Maroochydore District Court on Monday (August 24).
The court heard how Lucas had previously bought the two rodents from an animal market for just $15 a pop, sneaking them inside his bags for the flight on December 4, 2018.
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After the flight, Lucas collected his luggage off the conveyor belt before taking it into a nearby toilet. Here, he grabbed his live contraband and shoved them down his pants.
But here's where the whole thing gets even weirder, as the traveller took one of the animals out and placed them at the screening area.
He then pointed and told a border security officer: "Hey mate, there's a squirrel on the floor."
Little did he know that authorities had already been informed of his ploy - the officer asked Lucas when the second creature was, to which he eventually fessed up and revealed the unusual hiding place.
As was revealed during the recent court case, the smuggled squirrels were sadly put down, having likely suffered during the eight-and-a-half-hour flight.
The prosecutor, Sam Hill, added: "During that time, the squirrels did not have access to food and water, and they were exposed to unregulated temperatures."
Lucas pleaded guilty to a number of charges including importing regulated live specimens in a cruel manner.
And while he was facing years in jail - with two of the offences having a maximum sentence of 10 years each - his squeaky clean criminal record and regret over the act meant Lucas was spared 18 months in jail - provided he doesn't get up to any more weird antics for the next five years.
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