Depp could face ten years in prison for smuggling dogs

Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years in jail after illegally bringing two dogs to Australia

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Johnny Depp, who is currently filming in Australia, brought two Yorkshire terriers to the country in his private jet without declaring them.

After breaking Australia’s quarantine laws a federal investigation has now been launched.

The pets faced being put down after custom officers found out that they were illegally smuggled into to the country. However Johnny Depp sent the dogs back to America with his private jet immediately.

Despite sending the dogs back, the actor could still be jailed for up to ten years or be fined a maximum penalty of $340,000 if found guilty of not declaring the pets when he touched down in Brisbane. The pilot could also face up to two years behind bars for his role in the situation.

Officials have referred to the case as “very serious.”