Windsor, Ont. man fined $3,500 for smuggling turtles in his pants

Blanding's Turtle is one of seven species of Ontario turtle considered to be at risk.
A Blanding's Turtle peeks out of its shell. Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry / File

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – A man caught smuggling nearly 40 turtles in his pants has been fined $3,500 and placed on probation for two years.

Dong Yan of Windsor, Ont., was convicted earlier this month of illegally importing reptiles into Canada that were transported in contravention of a foreign state’s law.

During an inspection at the Niagara border crossing on June 11, 2014, Canada Border Services Agency officials discovered 38 turtles strapped to Yan’s legs.

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Court heard the turtles were contained in plastic bags and taped to Yan’s legs under his pants.

In addition to the fine and probation, Yan is prohibited from owning or possessing turtles and tortoises for 10 years, and must do 50 hours of community service.

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Officials say $2,000 from the fine will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.

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