ORLANDO, Florida (AP) - Authorities say a Brazilian man tried to take 27 snakes he bought at a breeder's expo onto his flight to San Paulo.
The Orlando Sentinel reports Mateus Dal Maso was stopped Wednesday as he tried to board the plane at Orlando International Airport.
Authorities say Dal Maso wrapped the snakes in nylon stockings and hid them inside stereo speakers in his luggage. The reptiles were spotted by screeners.
Officials say he bought the snakes in Daytona Beach.
The Sentinel reports that Dal Maso at first denied having anything other than electronics inside his bag. But he later admitted to federal authorities that the snakes were in the bag.
The newspaper says he was found guilty of exporting illegal merchandise. He was fined $6,000.
You May Also Like...
Bikini Photos: 2012 Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant
Restaurant Red Alert: Strip clubs have some of the cleanest kitchens
Photos: Florida politician's underwear pics circulate online
¡Ay Dios Mio! Man sees face of Jesus in breakfast taco
Clothing Optional: Nudist convention comes to Tampa Bay
PHOTOS: George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin crime scene pics
Grand Ol' Party: Strip clubs expect busy week for RNC
Cheerleader sex: Former Ben-Gal pleads not guilty to sex with teen
Record Breaker: Giant, pregnant python found in Everglades
Yearbook mug shot: Teen who posed in racy yearbook photos busted for underage drinking
Bikinis, mud, trucks: The Redneck Yacht Club
Photos: Ex-Charlie Sheen Goddess Bree Olson
Naughty Schoolgirls: Naughty schoolgirl night at Tampa club pictures
Sting: 31 pimps and prostitutes arrested (with pics)
Outrageous mug shot galleries...
Strange: Some of the most unusual mug shots we've seen
Notorious Women: Bad girls behind bars
Teachers: Teacher arrest mugshots
Jaw droppers: Open mouth mug shots
Smilers: Happy mug shots
Laughers: What's so funny mug shots
Prostitutes: Prostitute mug shots
Athletes: Professional athlete mug shots
Porn arrests: Child porn arrest mug shots
Local Mugs: Hillsborough County Mug shots
More unusual mug shots and galleries: 10 News slideshows and galleries