Monday, March 20, 2006

Deadly smuggler recovering nicely

N.Y. Anthrax Patient's Condition Upgraded

SAYRE, Pa. (AP) -- A man who apparently contracted anthrax from the African goat hides he uses to make drums was upgraded from fair to good condition Monday, more than a month after he was hospitalized...

Political correctioness at full throttle

One of the most fascinating aspects of the tale of African dance troupe leader Vado Diomande (the man infected with anthrax) is that no one; not the press, not the NYPD or NYC government, nor even concerned citizens are pointing out the obvious: Diomande is a persistent smuggler and a very dangerous one.

Here’s the relevant law:
Bringing Agricultural Products Into the United States

Animal hunting trophies, game animal carcasses, and hides are severely restricted. To find out specifics and how to arrange to bring them into the United States, contact USDA/APHIS Veterinary Services, National Center for Import and Export (NCIE) at 301-734-7830, or on the Web at Veterinary Services - Safeguarding Animal Health (Import/Export) ( Veterinary Services )…

Avoid Fines and Delays

Prohibited items that are not declared by passengers are confiscated and disposed of by CBP agriculture specialists. But that’s not all. Civil penalties may be assessed for violations and may range up to $1,000 for a first-time offense. Depending on whether the confiscated, undeclared items are intentionally concealed, or determined to be for commercial use, civil penalties may be assessed as high as $50,000 for individuals. The same fines apply to prohibited agricultural products sent through the international mail.

Here’s how Diomande got the skins past customs:
The stilt dancer and choreographer had visited the Ivory Coast in December and returned to New York with the unprocessed skins in suitcases.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Vado and he carried a few goatskins through Customs rolled up in plastic and not concealed in any way. The inaccurate reporting in the media is apparently protecting a Customs officer who failed to notice what he was carrying in plain sight under his arm. In addition, none of the goatskins have tested positive for anthrax and they now suspect a cowhide he worked with which was obtained domestically. Vado works with a hundred goatskins a month and they are obtained from importers. He has only made two trips to Ivory Coast in ten years and was not smuggling goatskins. Let's keep our heads and recognize this for what it is--an freak industrial accident.

3/23/2006 5:03 PM  

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