Museum curator detained for alleged attempt to smuggle spiders and scorpions out of US

Expert with American Museum of Natural History held in Istanbul allegedly trying to take about 1,500 samples out of US

A scorpion and spider expert with the American Museum of Natural History was detained in Istanbul on Monday while allegedly attempting to smuggle samples of both arachnida groups out of Turkey.

Lorenzo Prendini was held by police at Istanbul Airport for allegedly trying to take about 1,500 samples out of the country, Turkish media reported.

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