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Customs and Border Protection officers found three live king cobra snakes hidden inside potato chip canisters while inspecting a package that was mailed from Hong Kong in March, 2017. Rodrigo Franco was charged Tuesday, July 25, 2017, with illegally importing merchandise. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife via AP)

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Man accused of smuggling king cobras in potato chip cans

A man was arrested on federal smuggling charges Tuesday after customs officers intercepted a shipment with three live king cobras hidden inside potato chip canisters that were being mailed to his California home, U.S. prosecutors said.