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King Cobras In A Can: Deadly Snakes Arrive In U.S., Shipped As Potato Chips

An expert told federal agents "that if someone had been bitten by one of the cobras, they likely would have died as there is not a ready source of anti-venom" nearby.
A package carrying three potato chip containers with king cobras and a drink bottle that held soft-shell turtles was intercepted by U.S. agents. Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Suspicious that a package shipped from Hong Kong might contain smuggled animals, U.S. agents who opened the package found three live king cobra snakes hidden in potato chip cans. The man who was to receive the package outside Los Angeles has been arrested on federal charges.

Rodrigo Franco, 34, could face 20 years in prison on a charge of illegally importing merchandise, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. U.S. officials accuse him of violating

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