A young California man has been sentenced to six months in prison for smuggling a lion cub into the United States.

San Diego – A young California man has been sentenced to six months in prison for trafficking a baby Bengal tiger from Mexico. Luis Valencia’s defense attorney, 18, told a San Diego court on Tuesday that his client’s decision was flawed and that he wanted the endangered lion as a pet.

But prosecutors argued that Valencia’s cell phone data showed he was in the business of smuggling animals and that he was proud to have received thousands for monkeys, jaguars and lions.

The 6-week-old baby was found on the floor with passengers in a Valencia car at a San Diego border post in August. The baby lion was named Moka, and now lives in it. San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Tigers are endangered and it is illegal to import them without permission.

Exotic animal trafficking has become a lucrative business in Mexico, BBC report. Earlier this month, Mexican police stopped a tiger cub when someone tried to send it – in a plastic crate – from the Mexican state of Jalisco to the state of Querétaro.

A sniffing dog discovered a 2-month-old baby, which had been mutilated.

Trafficked baby tiger
On August 23, 2017, a file photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows an agent holding a male lion cub and seizing it from a U.S. border crossing in Ote Mesa, southeast of San Diego. was done.

US Customs and Border Protection through AP


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