Colombian luxury handbag designer jailed for smuggling purses made out of python skins

Nancy Teresa Gonzalez de Barberi, the founder of luxury handbag company Gzuniga, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for smuggling purses made from protected reptile skins into the United States from Colombia. Her associate, Mauricio Giraldo, also received a prison sentence. They were ordered to forfeit seized merchandise and banned from wildlife trade for three years. Another co-conspirator, John Camilo Aguilar Jaramillo, awaits sentencing. The handbags were made from caiman and python skins, protected under international law. The scheme involved smuggling bags into the U.S. through couriers and selling them for profit. Authorities stress the importance of collaboration to combat wildlife trafficking and vow to uphold laws protecting endangered species.

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