A 63-year-old Tyler man has pleaded guilty to smuggling live snakes from Peru inside his jacket on an airplane in August 2012.
William Lamar, an eco-tourism guide, flew to Miami from Lima, Peru, and then on to Dallas, all the while carrying seven snakes in his jacket.
He had purchased them from a market in Lima.
Officials from the Transportation Security Administration refused to let him board a commuter plane to his native Tyler, Texas, so he found alternate transportation back to Tyler.
Game wardens from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service met Lamar at home and seized the snakes.