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Man caught with 247 animals in luggage, faces 10 years in prison

A 51-year-old man faces up to 10 years in prison after he was caught in Argentina earlier this month with 247 snakes and other live animals in his suitcase, according to the Agence France-Presse.

Karel Abelovsky, a Czech national, was trying to board a Madrid-bound flight at Ezeiza Airport in Buenos Aires on December 7 when airport personnel discovered "organic substances moving inside," according to the AFP report.

Abelovsky's suitcase reportedly contained nine species of poisonous snakes.

Two animals in the bag were found dead. Had Abelovsky successfully boarded his flight, many more animals would likely have died due to lack of oxygen in the jet's cargo hold, AFP reported.

Abelovsky was charged with attempted smuggling. An exotic species smuggling ring is reportedly thought to be behind the uncovered attempt.

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