NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Connecticut man was caught at John F. Kennedy International Airport with dozens of live birds in his carry-on luggage.

Francis Gurahoo, of Connecticut, was caught at JFK Airport with 34 live finches in his carry-on luggage on June 17, 2019. (Credit: U.S. Attorney’s Office)

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 39-year-old Francis Gurahoo was traveling into the United States from Guyana on Sunday.

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Airport employees discovered 34 live finches in his carry-on bags. Each bird was hidden inside a plastic hair curler.

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According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, finches are used in singing contests in Brooklyn and Queens, and individuals bet on the birds with the best voice.

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Gurahoo allegedly said he planned to sell the finches for about $3,000 each for a total of about $100,000.