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Scorpion smuggler spared prison term

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Scorpions and millipedes escaped from a parcel originating from Tanzania and addressed to Lapkiewicz at his home

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TRENTON: A New Jersey man who illegally imported scorpions, giant millipedes and other invertebrates, some of which escaped inside a postal delivery truck, has been spared a prison term.

Wlodzimie Lapkiewicz, 30, instead was ordered to serve six months of home confinement and four years of probation. He had pleaded guilty to smuggling wildlife. In July 2015, scorpions and millipedes escaped from a parcel originating from Tanzania and addressed to Lapkiewicz at his home. A postal inspector gave him a warning. But prosecutors said he continued to order live insects and invertebrates without proper permits until July last year, and assisted others in mislabelling parcels of live wildlife to avoid detection. AP