Mike Stocker, Sun Sentinel
October 12, 2010
Last year Miami International Airport received 4,786 shipments of live wildlife. Among the biggest importers is Strictly Reptiles on Stirling Road in Hollywood, whose president Michael Van Nostrand, was sentenced to eight months in prison in 1997 for smuggling 1,500 rare reptiles from Argentina and Indonesia. After serving a five-year license suspension, the company has resumed importing. From 2004 until April of this year, Strictly Reptiles imported 558,060 reptiles, 172,892 spiders and 161,597 amphibians, according to federal records.