Customs agents found the birds stuffed inside hair rollers hidden in Kevin Andre McKenzie’s clothes.READ MORE: Passenger Caught With Dozens Of Finches Hidden In Hair Rollers At JFK Airport, Customs Says
McKenzie says he was offered $3,000 to smuggle them into the United States.
He was charged with unlawfully importing the finches.
Investigators say the birds are often entered into so-called “singing contests” in Brooklyn and Queens.MORE NEWS: Officials: Man Tries To Smuggle 34 Live Birds Into US In Carry-On Luggage
A winning finch can sell for more than $10,000.