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Originally published Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 11:20 AM

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Passenger who sneaked snakes on planes gets probation

Seven snakes were hidden in man’s jacket on flights from Peru to the U.S.

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TYLER, Texas — A Texas man had snakes on the planes, but he won’t have time in a prison.

A federal judge sentenced William Wylly Lamar in Tyler to three years of probation on Monday. The 63-year-old eco-tourism guide pleaded guilty in June to importing wildlife taken in violation of foreign law.

Lamar admitted smuggling snakes on several planes from Peru to the United States. Prosecutors say he bought the seven live snakes in August 2012 in a market in Lima, Peru, and smuggled them in his jacket on flights from Lima to Miami, then to Dallas.

Game wardens seized the snakes from Lamar’s home in Tyler. Peruvian law prohibits the exportation of wild live animals coming from the forest or jungle unless the exporter has the proper paperwork.

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