April 14, 2009

Man hid finches in hair curlers

A New York man pleaded guilty to trying to sneak 13 finches stuffed in hair curlers past security personnel at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Terrence McLean, 36, admitted to lying on U.S. Customs paperwork by not disclosing that he had the illegal birds hidden in his carry-on suitcase during a flight from Guyana to New York in August 2006, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

McLean was due back in court Tuesday to face a more serious charge of knowingly exporting protected wildlife from South America, a charge he denies. He could be fined $25,000 if convicted, the New York Daily News reported.