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Smuggler caught with lizards in pants

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Smuggler caught with lizards in pants
A German visitor has been caught trying to smuggle 23 geckos and 20 skinks out of New Zealand in his underwear.

Hans Kubus, 58, was stopped and searched by customs officials at Christchurch Airport on Sunday, and a box containing the reptiles was found in his pants, AFP reports.

Prosecutor Mike Bodie told the Christchurch District Court: "The package contained eight separate compartments separating various gecko and skink species."

A further single gecko was was found in a rolled-up sock.

Kubus admitted taking the lizards from the wild without permission and trading geckos, and will be sentenced on January 25.

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