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