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A collection of bags full of snakes and lizards that the man hid among his clothing. (Image credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

U.S. border officers have caught an accused wildlife smuggler allegedly attempting to cross from Mexico to the United States with more than 50 reptiles concealed in his clothing, just one day after he had been charged with trafficking up to 1,700 animals into the U.S.  

The man, a U.S. citizen, was arrested on Feb. 25 on charges of attempting to drive across the border at the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry linking Tijuana, Mexico, to San Diego. Border officers stopped the man, and a personal search revealed 52 live reptiles — nine snakes and 43 horned lizards — inside bags that were concealed in the man’s jacket, pants pockets and groin area, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

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