New York man charged with smuggling $200,000 worth of dead bugs, butterflies

In a recent development, a man from New York has been charged in federal court for illegally smuggling wildlife specimens worth over $200,000, which includes protected butterfly species. The indictment highlights the severity of the crime and the need for stringent measures to prevent the smuggling of endangered species.

A Long Island resident, Charles Limmer, aged 75, was indicted in the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, New York. He faces six counts that include conspiring to smuggle wildlife into and out of the United States. Additionally, he is accused of violating the Lacey Act by trafficking and falsely labeling wildlife. The United States Attorney’s Office announced this in a recent news release.

According to prosecutors, Limmer was involved in a conspiracy to sell smuggled insects online, including moths, butterflies, and cicadas. The total value of these illegal sales was estimated to be over $200,000 between October 2022 and September 2023. Additionally, Limmer is accused of trafficking protected butterfly specimens, known as “birdwings”, which are prized for their large size and bird-like flight. It is alleged that Limmer sold multiple deceased models of these butterflies.

A recent video has surfaced showcasing a swarm of mosquitoes on a plane, which caused a delay in takeoff in Mexico. The footage shows the insects flying around the cabin and passengers attempting to swat them away. This incident highlights the potential health risks of flying, especially in regions where mosquitoes are prevalent. Airlines need to take proper precautions and measures to prevent these types of situations from occurring in the future.

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