LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California man was sentenced to 15 months in prison Wednesday for strapping 15 live lizards to his chest to get through customs at Los Angeles International Airport.

Michael Plank of Lomita is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday.

He pleaded guilty last year to smuggling wildlife into the United States. Along with the prison term, a judge ordered Plank, 42, to pay a $2,000 fine and serve three years under supervised release after he is freed from federal custody.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Plank was returning from Australia in 2009 when customs agents found two geckos, two monitor lizards and 11 smaller lizards fastened to his body.

The lizards were valued at $8,500. All Australian reptiles are strictly regulated, and Plank didn’t have a permit for them.

The confiscated reptiles are at the San Diego Zoo.

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Comments (7)
  1. Mikey says:

    So…this time throw the book at this moron. He has no regard for life so throw him in jail…see how he like being confined for long periods of time…jerk.

  2. Just a Thought says:

    Well at least he got to keep his Trouser Snake. Although he may have no use for it for the next few years…

  3. TT says:

    So why does he get to sit in jail instead of clearing brush for the Forestry Service or Fire Dept as a mandatory part of his sentence …seems only fair if he wants to deal with wild life – put him next to nature ????? – thats just a thought …..

  4. drn says:

    To Just a Thought~ that’s very funny, thanks for the laugh!!!

  5. WE ARE DONE says:

    man gets 15 months for sneaking an animal into the u.s. while 15 million illegal alien sneak in and get rewarded. thats our u.s.goverment at work.

  6. Julie Manton says:

    Wow! That’s seems like a stiffer sentence than what Casey Anthiny got. No justice!

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