Utah siblings accused of smuggling rare Brazilian snake

Jan 9 2014 - 6:02pm

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Jeremy Stone discusses rare boa constrictor snakes. (Photo from YouTube video)
Jeremy Stone discusses rare boa constrictor snakes. (Photo from YouTube video)

SALT LAKE CITY -- A brother and sister from Utah have been indicted on charges of illegally importing a rare boa constrictor snake from Brazil.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah says 39-year-old Jeremy Stone and his 34-year-old sister, Keri Stone, brought the snake into the country through a shipment that went through Miami.

The couple shipped a rare white leucistic boa with other snakes and falsely reported that the rare snake had been caught in the wild in Guyana. Prosecutors say the pair paid thousands of dollars to administrators at a Brazilian zoo to get the snake.

Stone bred the snake with other boa constrictors and sold the snakes for tens of thousands of dollars around the world. He owns Jeremy Stone Reptiles in Lindon.

Calls to Stone and his attorney were not immediately returned.

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