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Ontario man fined for smuggling medicinal leeches in carry-on

Ontario man fined for smuggling medicinal leeches in carry-on 1

Christy Somos, CTVNews.ca
Revealed Monday, May 27, 2019 3:17PM EDT
Final Up to date Monday, May 27, 2019 3:24PM EDT

An Ontario man was fined $15,000 after being caught smuggling leeches in his carry-on baggage from Russia to Toronto, in response to Surroundings and Local weather Change Canada.

On October 17, 2018, the Canada Border Companies Company discovered that the passenger arrived at Toronto’s Pearson Worldwide Airport, with a considerable amount of stay leeches in his carry-on, Surroundings Canada introduced Monday in a launch.

Final Friday, Ippolit Bodounov of Niagara Falls, Ont., was fined $15,000, needed to forfeit the animals to authorities, and is prohibited from importing, exporting and possessing any endangered wildlife for one yr.

Bodounov had not obtained a allow to import the leeches.

Testing executed on the leeches decided they had been all caught within the wild and had been recognized as Hirudo verbana, a medicinal leech that’s below laws to manage wildlife commerce.

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