February 25, 2016 5:19 PM EST

A Canadian man who was caught trying to smuggle 38 turtles into the country in 2014 has been banned from owning them for 10 years.

Dong Yan of Windsor, Ontario, carried the turtles in plastic bags taped to his legs and tried to enter Canada through the Niagara border crossing, Reuters reported.

He was convicted on Feb. 17 and given two years of probation, a fine of about $2,600 and 50 hours of community service in addition to the ban. He was also ordered to write a letter about the experience.


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