TYLER (KYTX) - A Tyler eco-tourism guide was discovered with something up his sleeve in August of 2012.
U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced today that 63-year-old William Lamar has now has pleaded guilty to smuggling snakes into the country. According to information presented in court Lamar imported seven live snakes that he had purchased from Lima, Peru.
After arriving in the U.S., Lamar flew from Miami, Florida to Dallas/ Ft. Worth International Airport with the snakes hidden in his jacket. After arriving in the DFW area TSA agents refused to let him board a flight to the Tyler Airport with his reptile friends. Lamar traveled aboard a transport shuttle from the DFW to his home in Tyler. Game Wardens went to Lamar's residence and seized the snakes.
Peruvian law prohibits the exportation of wild live animals coming from the forest or jungle region unless the exporter has a properly issued ministerial order authorizing the export for either scientific investigation or for cultural diffusion. Lamar has admitted that he knew the law and still proceeded to import the snakes.
Lamar faces up to five years in federal prison at sentencing. A sentencing date has not been set.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Noble.