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Man Gets 21 Months for Smuggling Orchids
    #2933983 - 07/27/04 09:18 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

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Man Gets 21 Months for Smuggling Orchids

Tue Jul 27, 5:06 PM ET Add U.S. National - AP to My Yahoo!



MIAMI - A prominent Peruvian orchid grower was sentenced Tuesday to 21 months in federal prison for smuggling internationally protected wild orchids into the United States, hidden among legal nursery-raised plants.



Manuel Arias Silva pleaded guilty to one count each of smuggling conspiracy and filing false customs statements. He admitted shipping 2,050 orchids, including an endangered species of Phragmipedium or tropical lady slipper orchids, worth $45,500.


Arias, 70, was one of only three Peruvian growers who had permission to cultivate endangered and newly discovered orchids. Nursery-raised varieties can be exported from Peru with government permits, but he was accused of shipping wild plants, which are considered seriously endangered in the wild and are protected by international treaty.


U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz sentenced Arias to the low end of the federal guidelines.


"Judge Seitz did the best and the fairest she could under the circumstances," defense attorney Peter Raben said.


The plants were shipped from 1999 through last year to dealer George W. Norris of Spring, Texas, a Houston suburb. Norris also pleaded guilty and faces sentencing Sept. 2. The investigation was based on a tip that Norris was selling endangered species on the Internet.


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Re: Man Gets 21 Months for Smuggling Orchids [Re: Lana]
    #2935268 - 07/28/04 02:36 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Orchid comes from the Greek word for testicle


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Re: Man Gets 21 Months for Smuggling Orchids [Re: zeta]
    #2938276 - 07/28/04 11:49 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Quote:

zeta said:
Orchid comes from the Greek word for testicle




Wow, I did not know that.


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Re: Man Gets 21 Months for Smuggling Orchids [Re: MOTH]
    #2938351 - 07/29/04 12:03 AM (12 years, 4 months ago)

me neither, thats strange


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Re: Man Gets 21 Months for Smuggling Orchids [Re: chemcrusader]
    #2942203 - 07/29/04 10:55 PM (12 years, 4 months ago)

Yeah, they look more like a crazy vigina


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