Faking pregnancy to smuggle monkey

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - December 9, 2008

A Washington state woman and her mother have been convicted on charges of sneaking a rhesus monkey into the United States from Thailand.

Federal prosecutors say 29-year-old Gypsy Lawson got through U.S. Customs by hiding the young monkey under her blouse, pretending to be pregnant.

Her mother, Fran Ogren, also went on the trip a year ago November.

A jury found the two women guilty on charges of conspiracy and smuggling.

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