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  1. Man Given Three-Month-Jail Sentence for Trying to Smuggle Dinosaur Bones Into U.S.

    Those belong in a museum! You know... with the proper paperwork!

    "Fossil Dealer" sounds like a really cool title to put on a business card, but as with all professions that deal with trading and bartering, you've got to make sure what you're selling is legit. Yes, that includes dinosaur bones. You don't get to deliberately ignore customs just because your merchandise been dead for millions of years.

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  2. Hong Kong Customs Agents Bust Smugglers With $1 Million Worth of Endangered Seahorses, Crocodile Meat

    Customs agents in Hong Kong busted an ambitious smuggler carrying about $1 million worth of illicit cargo, including dried endangered seahorses and crocodile meat. Though it's an abhorrent crime and we hope the folks behind it are locked up for a good long time, as poachers should be, we can't help but grant the smugglers points for common sense. After all, if you're going to try and smuggle a crocodile into a place, it's really best to do so once someone more capable has already converted the creature into a series of steaks and fillets. Anything else just sounds exceptionally dangerous.

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  3. Chinese Smuggler Caught Trying to Illegally Export Fighter Jet Materials

    China's been building itself some rather nice fighter jets. Unfortunately, the high-grade polymers required for these planes are hard to come by. Specifically, one needs an export license to legally obtain the carbon fiber used in jet construction. Illegally, however, is another thing altogether. Even then, it's difficult and fraught with peril. The feds have supposedly busted an international plot to smuggle carbon fiber to China, which isn't terribly surprisingly.

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  4. Police Discover Drug Catapult at Mexican Border

    There are a lot of things you expect to see in law enforcement, and probably least among them is a nine-foot tall catapult being used to launch drugs across the border from Mexico. Towed into place on a flatbed, the catapult hurled 4.4lbs of marijuana at at time, 60 feet away from the U.S. border. To say that U.S. forces were surprised seeing a "medieval catapult" would be accurate. When speaking with Reuters, Tucson sector Border Patrol spokesman David Jimarez said:

    "I have not seen anything like that in my time before as a Border Patrol agent ... although we are trained to handle any kind of a threat that comes over that border," Jimarez added.
    Points for creativity, drug smugglers. The creators of this particular device were not apprehended, so I can't wait to see what they come up with next week. (Fox News via Slashdot)

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