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Wednesday, September 24, 2003
 
8 snakes found strapped to smuggler's legs in Sydney

SYDNEY — A Swedish man tried to smuggle eight dangerous snakes into Australia by strapping them to his legs, customs officials said Wednesday.

Justice Minister Chris Ellison said 28-year-old Per Johann Adolfsson arrived at Sydney airport from Thailand on Monday night. He was searched by customs officers who discovered the reptiles in packages strapped to his calves.

The snakes included four deadly King Cobras — which died during the flight — and four non-venomous emerald tree boas. The surviving snakes were handed over to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service.
 
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