DEL RIO (AP) – A Texas man caught trying to smuggle baby parrots back from Mexico by putting the birds in his pants has been fined more than $2,600.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Thursday that agents in Del Rio also confiscated 56 blades that are used for cockfighting.

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Authorities said the 33-year-old man is from the West Texas town of Comanche but did not release his name.

Birds cannot be brought across the border due to concerns of spreading disease.

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The small, green parrots were found Sunday in the man’s pockets and in his backpack.

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