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Man Smuggles Nearly 100 Asian Songbirds on Flight: DOJ

The birds were placed in his suitcases in a way "that allowed each bird little or no movement."

A Fountain Valley man accused of illegally bringing 93 Asian songbirds on a flight from Vietnam -- most of which died in transit or soon after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport -- was arrested Tuesday on federal animal smuggling charges.

Kurtis Law, 49, who also maintains a home in Vietnam, allegedly attempted to smuggle the tiny birds into the country on March 24.

According to the affidavit in support of the complaint, investigators found several species of protected songbirds in Law's luggage that are covered under the federal Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

The complaint alleges that the birds were placed in Law's suitcases in a way "that allowed each bird little or no movement," and all but eight of the 93 birds ultimately died.

Law was expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday.

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