Siblings enter plea in exotic cat-smuggling case

Defendant’s Traveling Companion Allegedly Had Monkeys In His Pants

Nov 14, 2006 3:11 pm US/Pacific

(CBS) PALM SPRINGS A Palm Springs man and his sister pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal charge for smuggling two exotic kittens into the United States via Los Angeles International Airport.

Chris Edward Mulloy, 45, and Darlah Kaye Mulloy, 48, each admitted one count of receiving and concealing illegally imported merchandise. Their plea deals with the government call for them be sentenced to probation and fined $10,000 each when they return to the federal courthouse in Los Angeles on Feb. 7.

The kittens were Asian leopard cats, which are similar in size to domestic house cats.

Chris Mulloy allegedly brought the kittens into the United States on June 13, 2002, on a flight from Thailand.

While he was going through customs with the two kittens concealed in his backpack, his traveling companion, Robert Cusack, was stopped by agents after an exotic bird flew out of his suitcase. Cusack then admitted he had two pygmy monkeys in his pants.

Possibly because of the disturbance created by the monkeys’ discovery, Chris Mulloy made it through customs, authorities have said. Mulloy then called his sister, who picked up the cats and drove them to San Diego, according to the plea agreements in the case.

When the Mulloys were indicted in September, one of the cats was living with Darlah Mulloy’s son’s ex-girlfriend, and one was in Texas, Thom Mrozek of the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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