In probably the creepiest case of animal abuse ever filtered through through the mailroom, 37-year-old German national Sven Koppler was charged by US officials for illegally mailing multiple packages containing hundreds of live tarantulas, one shipment of them wrapped in plastic straws.
The Daily : According to the criminal complaint, agents believe Koppler has received about $300,000 for selling tarantulas to individuals in dozens of countries throughout the world.
Who’d known that mailing tarantulas could be so lucrative? Continues the report:
Koppler, who prosecutors believe lives in Wachtberg, Germany, was scheduled to make his initial court appearance later on Friday and faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
The investigation, called ‘Operation Spiderman‘ also revealed that Koppler had mailed 22 Mexican red-kneed tarantulas, a protected species a move which has stirred criticism as many of the arachnids are said to have died during their journey (apparently he hadn’t marked the contents as ‘fragile’).
Luckily for Sven, they aren’t charging him with terror crimes, though this author could imagine few things more horrifying than knowing there could be packages containing hundreds of tarantulas crawling all over each hidden in the postal system. Can you imagine what would’ve happened had one of them been torn open? The creepy things people will do for money these days… and not just on Craigslist.
Makes you wonder what else is floating around out there, doesn’t it?