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Smuggling songbirds up another man’s pants? OC man pleads guilty.

Duc Le of Garden Grove has plead guilty and faces up to five years in prison for smuggling exotic songbirds from Vietnam. The LA Times reports that his co-defendant, Sony Dong, apparently the brains of the bird smuggling business, faces up to 20 years. Dong plead guilty last year after authorities discovered 14 songbirds strapped to his legs on a flight from Vietnam to Los Angeles. The birds, which survived the trip, would have brought $400 each on the black market. Another 51 birds were found at Le’s home. AP photo.