Acting U.S. Attorney James Kennedy, Jr. announced that Chaoyi Le of Shanghai, China, pleaded guilty to the Lacey Act False Labeling.
On April 22nd, 2014, Le sent seven ball pythons from Amherst to Shanghai through the U.S. Mail using the fake name "Ben Fan." Le falsely claimed the package contained "belts, candy, and chocolate."
The pythons were worth $3,300.
On the same day, officials stopped Le after he attempted to cross the Canadian border. They found three live albino western hog-nosed snakes stuffed in his socks.
These snakes were worth about $500.
He faces a maximum penalty of five years in the slammer and a $250,000 fine.
Le will be sentenced on October 30th.