NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Customs agents came across some unusual stowaways over the weekend at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Authorities said they found 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers in a black duffel bag.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting: Hero Officer Alyssa Vogel Speaks About Rescuing 4-Year-Old Gunshot Victim
The passenger carrying the bag had just arrived Saturday from Georgetown, Guyana.READ MORE: FDA Grants Pfizer Emergency Use For COVID-19 Vaccine For Children Ages 12 To 15
“CBP Agriculture Specialists are the first line of defense to prevent the introduction of animal diseases that have the potential to cause significant damage to the Nation’s agricultural economy,” said Troy Miller, director of field operations for the New York Field Office.
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Back in March, customs agents intercepted another 20 finches at JFK Airport. They had been hidden in a similar fashion and also arrived from Guyana.