Orange-Fronted Conure Smuggler Apprehended
The Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists (CBP-AS) have discovered and prevented the attempted smuggling of a pair of tropical conure parrots over the USA-Mexico border, according to reports. A statement released by the CBP confirmed that the driver of a pick-up truck at the Mariposa border crossing was issued a secondary inspection after passing the first. CBP specialists pulled the pick-up truck over and found a box with two orange-fronted conures trapped inside. The driver faced a civil penalty for the failed attempt to smuggle this endangered species. These birds have now been transported in a quarantine isolation crate to the bird holding facility where they are currently in the care of the USDA Veterinary Services. Conure parrots are endemic to Central and South America but this particular rare breed, the orange-fronted conure, is native to southwestern Mexico and makes a popular pet.