Man accused of smuggling turtles working on plea deal
Ann Arbor — A trial has been postponed until June so prosecutors can try to negotiate a plea deal with a Canadian man who was caught with dozens of turtles inside his pants.
A trial set for next week has been moved to June 16 in Ann Arbor federal court.
Kai Xu was arrested in September while returning to Windsor, Ontario, with turtles. The government says it was a typical practice. Agents say Xu ordered turtles online and would travel to the U.S. to pick them up or ship them to China.
In September, Hong Kong authorities discovered a package of more than 300 turtles worth more than $30,000. An alleged accomplice was caught at Detroit Metro Airport bound for China with hundreds of turtles. Turtles are worth much more in China.
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