Swiss Spider Smuggler Trapped by Police
German customs officials inspecting a Swiss car got a nasty shock when they discovered 164 large spiders and 45 boxes of cockroaches - the arachnids' food for the journey.
The trap-door spiders, most "as big as a fist", were found wriggling around in boxes and plastic bags, said Markus Ueckert, a spokesman for the customs office in the south-western German city of Loerrach.
"Of course, the officers didn't open anything. They knew immediately what was going on," he said.
The Swiss driver was hoping to sell the specimens at a fair in Germany but his haul was seized when he failed to produce the proper licence.
The same man was stopped at the same place in 2007 while trying to sneak nearly 1,000 spiders across the border in his car and that of a German accomplice.
He has been charged with tax fraud and breaking nature protection laws.