Man Faces 20-Year Sentence for Smuggling Songbirds Under Pants

A man who smuggled songbirds into Los Angeles from Vietnam by hiding them under his pants is facing up to 20 years in federal prison.

Forty-six-year-old Sony Dong of Garden Grove is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in Los Angeles.

Dong was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport last March after arriving on a flight from Vietnam. Authorities found 14 birds he had wrapped in cloth and strapped to his legs and ankles.

Authorities say they could have sold for up to $400 each.

Dong pleaded guilty to illegally importing wildlife.

Authorities say another 51 birds were found at the Garden Grove home of co-defendant Duc Le. The 34-year-old Le has pleaded not guilty to smuggling charges and is scheduled for trial in May.