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Spider 'smuggler' named by police
A British man arrested at Rio de
Janeiro airport for trying to smuggle 900 bird-eating spiders out of Brazil,
has been named by police as Lee Ardern.
The 26-year-old, who is thought to run
a spider shop in the UK, was arrested
after security X-rays detected the
spiders in two suitcases.
He claimed to have bought the spiders
for £3 ($5) each, and intended to sell
them live in the UK for £30 ($50) each.
A fine of 1.3m reais (£452,136) has
already been set, police said.
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