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: Search On For Driver Of Car That Killed Pedestrian, 52, In Brooklyn
Airport employees discovered 34 live finches in his carry-on bags. Each bird was hidden inside a plastic hair curler.READ MORE: Suffolk County Police Officer In Critical Condition After Being Stabbed By Suspect Following Crash
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: 12-Year-Old Shot In Brooklyn Remains Hospitalized, Police Searching For Gunman
Gurahoo allegedly said he planned to sell the finches for about $3,000 each for a total of about $100,000.