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Man busted for smuggling 18 monkeys in shirt

In this Friday July 16, 2010 photo released by Mexico's Public Safety Department are seen endangered titi monkeys in a box. Roberto Cabrera was arrested when authorities found 18 tiny endangered titi monkeys in a girdle he was wearing after arriving to Mexico City international airport on a commercial flight Friday from Lima, Peru. (AP Photo/Public Safety Department)

July 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man with a mysterious bulge under his T-shirt was arrested at the Mexico City airport after authorities found 18 monkeys strapped to his body.The tiny, endangered titi monkeys were mostly stuffed into pouches.

The man told police he originally packed the monkeys into a suitcase, but then worried they'd be hurt by the X-ray machine. So, he attached them to his girdle instead and tried to wear the monkeys as he passed through airport security.

The man, Roberto Cabrera, was arrested on charges of trafficking an endangered species. He had arrived to Mexico on a commercial flight from Lima, Peru on Friday, July 16.


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