An American woman was sentenced in Syracuse Friday to one-and-a-half years in prison for her role in a conspiracy to smuggle more than 18,000 endangered reptiles from the U.S. into Canada.
The Watertown Daily Times says Olivia J. Terrance, 28, was also ordered to undergo three years of supervision upon her release after a plea in April in which she admitted helping to smuggle turtles, alligators and other reptiles across the border in 2009 and 2010.
According to prosecutors, Terrance smuggled hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of reptiles into Canada, where they were sold to retailers and collectors. They say she was caught when law enforcement officials followed her by car and helicopter after she received a shipment of wildlife and took it by boat across the St. Lawrence River.
An alleged co-conspirator, Dennis Day, from Cobden, Ont. also faces a federal indictment in the matter, and the Times says he has provincial charges pending against him here.
Prosecutors claimed Day paid for reptiles to be shipped from Florida, Louisiana and California to Terrance at various addresses in Hogansburg, NY. The shipments included exotic creatures including American alligators, Chinese striped turtles, green iguanas, helmeted chameleons and Timor tree monitor lizards.