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Expatriate medical insurance news: Spiders on a plane drama averted

A British man has been apprehended after trying to smuggle around 1,000 spiders onto a flight from Brazil.

Expat health insurance customers may be relieved to hear eagle-eyed customs officials managed to prevent the spider smuggler from boarding after an x-ray operator spotted the mass of legs in a suitcase.

Lee Ardern, 26, is thought to run The Spider Shop in Cardigan and could now face a fine of up to four million Brazilian Reais (£1.39 million).

An officer from the Brazilian federal police told the Sun Mr Ardern’s fellow passengers were lucky the drama had been averted.

"Never mind snakes on a plane – this would have been 1,000 tarantulas on a plane," he added.

Police said Mr Ardern had arrived on a flight from Paraguay where he claimed to have bought the spiders, with the intention of selling them in the UK for £30 each.

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