14 Apr 2008

American man acquitted in Fiji iguana smuggling case

1:51 pm on 14 April 2008

An American man has been acquitted of smuggling iguanas from Fiji to the United States in his hollowed-out prosthetic leg .

However, the Los Angeles Times reports that Jereme James was found guilty of concealing and possessing the iguanas which are an endangered species.

He could face up to 20 years in prison when sentenced on July the 14th.

Prosecutors say during an undercover investigation, Mr James had confessed to selling three of the iguanas for 32,000 US dollars.

US police seized four of the neon green-striped reptiles when they searched his house after obtaining a warrant last July.