NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Connecticut man was caught at John F. Kennedy International Airport with dozens of live birds in his carry-on luggage.
The U.S. Attorney’s office says 39-year-old Francis Gurahoo was traveling into the United States from Guyana on Sunday.READ MORE: Road To Reopening: New York Sports And Entertainment Venues Welcome Back Fans At Full Capacity
Airport employees discovered 34 live finches in his carry-on bags. Each bird was hidden inside a plastic hair curler.READ MORE: NYPD Searching For Suspects After Eric Adams Campaign Volunteer Stabbed In The Bronx
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.MORE NEWS: Amazon's 'Prime Day' Underway; Competitors Looking To Match Deals
Gurahoo allegedly said he planned to sell the finches for about $3,000 each for a total of about $100,000.