Woman Pleads Guilty To Smuggling 18,000 Reptiles Over Border

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A 28 year old Hogansburg woman is going to jail for smuggling more than 18,000 reptiles from the U.S. into Canada.

Olivia Terrance pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in a conspiracy in 2009 and 2010 to smuggle endangered and threatened reptiles across the border.

Terrance was sentenced to 18 months in jail to be followed by 3 years of supervised release.

Terrance smuggled turtles and reptiles worth hundreds of thousands of dollars into Canada where they were sold to retailers and collectors.

She was caught when law enforcement followed her by car and helicopter after she received a shipment of wildlife and transported it by boat into Canada.

The case was investigated by Special Agents of the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, with assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, the Canadian Wildlife Service, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the Mohawk Nation Tribal Police.

Thursday, November 27, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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