Mother, daughter pair sentenced in monkey smuggling - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Mother, daughter pair sentenced in monkey smuggling

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The mother and daughter found guilty of smuggling a monkey into the United States have been sentenced. Gypsy Lawson, 28, of Spokane and her mother Fran Ogren, 56, of Northport, were found guilty of two crimes in December 2008; smuggling and conspiring to smuggle a rhesus macaque monkey into the United States, which is against federal law.

Both have been sentenced to 60 days in jail. Additionally, both will be under court supervision for 3-years and must pay $4,507 in restitution.

Airline flight itineraries for Gypsy Lawson and her mother, Fran Ogren, showed they traveled from the Spokane International Airport on November 4, 2007, with connections in Seattle, Washington, and Inchon, Korea, arriving at their final destination of Suvarnabhumi International Airport , in Bangkok, Thailand, on November 5, 2007.

They left Thailand on November 28, 2007, arriving at Los Angeles International Airport that same day. Customs declarations for both Lawson and Ogren showed neither declared bringing in any animals into the country. On January 11, 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents assisted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in executing a federal search warrant at Fran Ogren's Northport, Washington residence.

That same day, agents also executed a federal search warrant at Gypsy Lawson's Spokane residence where the Rhesus Macaque monkey was found and taken into quarantine. Among the items seized, were handwritten travel journals detailing Fran Ogren's and Gypsy Lawson's attempts to acquire a monkey for Gypsy.

There was also a photograph of Gypsy Lawson sitting in an airplane in the same attire, as well as a photograph dated November 28, 2007, of her outside of an airport, still in the same attire. The journal confirms that she and her mother smuggled the monkey into the United States by hiding it under her shirt, pretending she was pregnant in order to get past authorities.

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