CT man attempting to smuggle 34 live finches at JFK arrested

Kimberly Dole
June 17, 2019 - 1:53 pm

US Attorney's Office


NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Police say a man was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport for attempting to smuggle 34 live finches into the United States from Guyana.

Authorities say Francis Gurahoo, 39, concealed each bird hidden within a plastic hair-curler inside of his carry-on luggage.

The smuggled finches are used in singing contests in Brooklyn and Queens and wages are placed on the birds with the best voice at these contests according.

US Attorney's Office

Gurahoo stated that he planned to sell the finches for approximately $3,000 each, and his profits would total approximately $100,000.

 A finch who wins these competitions becomes valuable and can sell for in excess of $5,000. 

Gurahoo, a Connecticut resident, will appear in Magistrate Court on Monday afternoon.

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