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article imageReputed ‘Lizard King’ caught smuggling again

By Martin Laine     Sep 3, 2010 in Environment
A Malaysian man who has already spent time in prison for smuggling hundreds of endangered reptiles into the US has been caught again, this time trying to smuggle 95 boa constrictors out of Malaysia.
The snakes were discovered when the bag they were in broke open on a conveyor belt at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. He was reportedly on his way to Indonesia.
Keng Liang “Anson” Wong, 52, regarded as one of the world’s most wanted wildlife smugglers, was charged Wednesday with exporting the boas without a permit. He faces fines of up to $32,000 per snake and seven years in prison, according to a spokesman from a Malaysian wildlife agency.
Wong pleaded guilty and was released on bail.
Wong became known as the Lizard King during the 1990s when he was reputed to be the kingpin of a reptile smuggling ring in the United States. In 2001, he was sentenced to 6 years in jail in the United States after being convicted on smuggling charges.
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