2 Men Indicted on Bird Smuggling Charges

Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times, May 5, 2009

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Duc Le, 34, and Sony Dong, 46, were charged in an eight-count indictment with conspiring to smuggle dozens of birds [from Vietnam] into the United States, including red-whiskered bulbuls, magpie robins and shama thrushes.

Both men were arrested last month after investigators determined that Dong had 14 birds fastened to pieces of cloth around his calves, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Mark Williams.

A subsequent search revealed dozens more illicit birds, officials said.

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