CIREBON, INDONESIA - MARCH 02: Different types of snakes are placed in a pool before being pelted on March 2, 2014 in the village of Kertasura, Cirebon, Indonesia. At slaughter house snake skins measuring in the hundreds of metres, are sold to bag factories in the West and Central Java provinces on a monthly basis. From snake skin was manufactured into bags, shoes, wallets and belts. The price of a bag made from snake skin costs between 150,000 rupiah ($15 USD) and 300,000 rupiah ($30 USD), depending on its size. (Photo by Nurcholis Anhari Lubis/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- - A man who was caught trying to sneak snakes into Canada in his socks has pleaded guilty.
Federal prosecutors in Buffal, New York, say 28-year-old Chaoyi Le faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to violating wildlife regulations.
He was arrested in 2014 at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge in western New York after Canadian border agents discovered three live albino western hognose snakes hidden in his socks.
At first, Le said he'd found them in a New York park, but eventually admitted buying them. Authorities say Le was trying to avoid a U.S. Fish and Wildlife inspection.
Court documents also say that on the same day, Le mailed several snakes from New York to China.