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Traveler caught trying to smuggle 70 live birds through JFK in hair rollers

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 12/13/2018 Cydney Henderson

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This is enough to make fellow flyers' hair curl.

A passenger flying into John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday was caught trying to smuggle live animals.

© Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said an agriculture specialist discovered 70 live birds in the bag of a traveler who had just touched down in New York from Georgetown, Guyana, in South America. 

The dozens of finches were hidden inside green and orange hair rollers in a black duffel bag, the law enforcement agency said in a statement Wednesday.

The birds were confiscated from the unidentified passenger, quarantined and transferred to the Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services.

"CBP agriculture specialists are the first line of defense to prevent the introduction of animal diseases that have the potential to cause significant damage to the nation’s agricultural economy," said Troy Miller, director of  the New York field office.

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