Dozens of live and dead tarantulas in mail lead to bust

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A German man has been charged with smuggling hundreds of tarantulas into the United States through the mail, netting more than $300,000, authorities said Friday.

Sven Koppler, 37, was charged with illegally importing wildlife into the country, an offense that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

“He is one of the largest importers of illegal tarantulas into the United States,” Assistant U.S. Atty. Mark Williams said. “He has been doing it for several years.”

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