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Turtle smugglers pleaded 'not guilty'

Two men were arrested after 55 live turtles and tortoises were found hidden in snack food boxes found in a suitcase at LAX.

January 31, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Two Japanese nationals pleaded not guilty Monday to smuggling live turtles into Los Angeles.

They were arrested at Los Angeles International Airport in January for allegedly hiding more than 50 turtles and tortoises in their suitcases. Customs agents said that they stuffed them in snack food containers.

The men will stand trial next month. They face more than 25 years in prison.