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Snakes on a Plane

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Tom in the exact moment he catches a king cobra snake. He gives up his job and spends the next ten years traveling the Americas and the Caribbean. He gains a reputation for meeting the needs of his customers. He becomes one of the biggest reptile dealers in the world. He decides to go to Thailand and catch the longest venomous snake, the King Cobra.

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Tom Crutchfield, a salesman living in Fort Myers, Fla., called himself the “Mick Jagger of the reptile industry.” He successfully smuggled crocodiles, snakes, tarantulas and king cobras around the world. But when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service begins building the case against him, Tom escapes to Belize. There, authorities imprison him. His new cellmates sleep on the floor with no electricity or plumbing. When Belize officials deport him back to the U.S., federal marshals are waiting.

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