Swiss man smuggles spiders

17th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

German police find 164 spiders inside a man’s car at the Swiss border.

BERLIN - German customs officials inspecting a Swiss car discovered 164 large spiders and 45 boxes of cockroaches, the arachnids' food for the journey, a spokesman said Monday.

The trap-door spiders, most "as big as a fist", were found moving in boxes and plastic bags, Markus Ueckert, a spokesman for the customs office in the south-western German city of Loerrach said.

"Of course, the officers didn't open anything. They knew immediately what was going on," Ueckert added.

The Swiss driver was hoping to sell the specimens at a fair in Germany but they were taken when he failed to produce the proper licence. The incident occurred on Thursday.

The same man was stopped at exactly the same place in 2007 trying to sneak nearly 1,000 spiders across the border in his car and that of a German accomplice.

He was charged with tax fraud and breaking nature protection laws.

AFP / Expatica

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