Live scorpions found in package labeled ‘chocolates’; ‘scorpion enthusiast’ pleads guilty

A 39-year-old Eugene man pleaded guilty Monday to illegally importing and exporting hundreds of live scorpions, sending or receiving them from other states and Germany in U.S. postal packages in violation of federal law.

In one shipment, a package of the live creatures was misleadingly labeled as containing “chocolates.”

In another received Dec. 22, 2017, 200 live scorpions arrived via U.S. mail from Michigan, according to court records.

The illegal smuggling occurred between September 2017 and March 21, 2018, without a required import-export license from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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