Bill Lamar pleads guilty to smuggling snakes

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Bill Lamar pleads guilty to smuggling snakes

Postby Philsuma » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:22 pm

It's a sad day folks...a sad, sad day... :cry:

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Real-L ... 86531.html

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Bill Lamar pleads guilty to smuggling snakes

Postby BcsTx » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:41 pm

Great catch Phil.
Wonder how so many drugs get into Miami when the cant see snakes in a jacket....
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Re: Bill Lamar pleads guilty to smuggling snakes

Postby RanaVenenosa » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:42 pm

Wow, hopefully that is his only offense and the judge goes easy. Crime doesn't pay... but it sure can be expensive.
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Re: Bill Lamar pleads guilty to smuggling snakes

Postby Philsuma » Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:47 pm

I've known Bill (reputation) for over 25 years and was going to try and do a couple weeks with him on a Riverboat down south....but probably not now....

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Re: Bill Lamar pleads guilty to smuggling snakes

Postby thedude » Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:03 am

I met Bill in Peru, seemed like a really great guy to me. This is really unfortunate...
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Re: Bill Lamar pleads guilty to smuggling snakes

Postby Philsuma » Thu May 21, 2015 1:00 pm

Sentenced to only three years probation ? Wow..


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Man who smuggled live snakes on plane was former East Texas educator
TYLER, TX - A 63-year-old Tyler, Texas eco-tourism guide has been sentenced for smuggling live snakes into East Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

William Lamar pleaded guilty on June 18, 2013, to importing wildlife taken in violation of foreign law and was sentenced to three years of probation today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

According to information presented in court, on Aug. 29, 2012, Lamar imported seven live snakes that he had purchased at a market in Lima, Peru. Lamar smuggled the snakes in his jacket on flights from Lima to Miami, Florida and then to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport. The next day, after TSA agents refused to let him board a commuter plane to Tyler with the snakes, Lamar traveled aboard a ground transport shuttle from DFW to his home in Tyler. Game Wardens went to Lamar's residence and seized the snakes.

Peruvian law prohibits the exportation of wild live animals coming from the forest or jungle region unless the exporter has a properly issued ministerial order authorizing the export for either scientific investigation or for cultural diffusion. Lamar admitted that he knew that Peruvian law prohibited the unauthorized exportation of wildlife in a jacket without proper authorization.

In June, the U.S. Attorney's office said five of the snakes were venomous Peruvian pit vipers. Two of the snakes where non-venomous. All seven snakes are currently at the Dallas Zoo.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service, the Transportation Security Administration, and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Department of Public Safety. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.


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