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L.A. man accused of smuggling king cobras in potato chip cans

LOS ANGELES: A Los Angeles man was arrested on Tuesday after federal prosecutors said he arranged to smuggle into the United States three live, highly venomous king cobra snakes hidden in potato chip canisters. Rodrigo Franco, 34, was charged with illegally importing merchandise into the country in connection with a parcel from Hong Kong that was intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on March 2 containing the 2-foot (0.61 meter)-long snakes concealed inside the canisters. Three albino Chinese…

Pakistani man pleads guilty to smuggling dozens of people into US

WASHINGTON: A Pakistani national has pleaded guilty to helping smuggle dozens of people from his own country and Afghanistan into the United States. Identified as Sharafat Ali Khan, 32, prosecutors say the resident of Brazil, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to smuggle undocumented migrants into the United States for profit. Prosecutors say he schemed with others to bring people from Pakistan and elsewhere through Brazil and Central America into the United States by planes, buses and on foot. At least 81 people…