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San Gabriel man sentenced to prison for smuggling 46 turtles
San Gabriel man sentenced to prison for smuggling 46 turtles

A San Gabriel man tried to avoid detection when he smuggled nearly four dozen endangered turtles, but he wasn't fast enough. Kwong Wa Cheung, 36, was sentenced Tuesday to serve two months in federal prison for trying to smuggle 46 turtles and tortoises last year from Southern California to Hong Kong, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles. The animals --26 eastern box turtles and 20 African spurred tortoises -- are endangered species. In August, he pleaded guilty to one count of mislabeling wildlife intended for foreign commerce. Prosecutors said he took three boxes containing the turtles and tortoises to the U.S. Postal Service facility in San Gabriel....

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