Superstar clothier arrested for allegedly smuggling crocodile purses into US

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A prime clothier was arrested in her dwelling nation of Colombia and faces U.S. extradition after she allegedly smuggled crocodile purses into the US, in keeping with Colombian prosecutors.

Nancy Gonzalez was arrested in her hometown of Cali, Colombia, and faces fees within the U.S. Southern District of Florida that would end in as much as 25 years in jail and a $500,000 high-quality. The purses can promote for as much as $10,000 in designer shops in the US and Europe.

Gonzalez made equipment which have been utilized by characters within the “Intercourse and the Metropolis” TV collection, in addition to different celebrities.

It’s authorized to promote some crocodile skins, though the required certificates will be expensive and tough to acquire.

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Nancy Gonzalez was arrested in her hometown of Cali, Colombia, and faces charges in the U.S. Southern District of Florida.

Nancy Gonzalez was arrested in her hometown of Cali, Colombia, and faces fees within the U.S. Southern District of Florida.

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In keeping with U.S. and Colombian investigators, Gonzalez smuggled tons of of purses by paying airplane passengers to hold them of their private baggage on flights to the US. She instructed them to say that the baggage have been items for his or her family members in the event that they have been questioned by customs brokers.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigators mentioned in 2019 that as many as 12 folks, every carrying 4 purses, boarded a single flight to the US. The roundtrip airplane tickets have been all funded by Gonzalez.

Nancy Gonzalez (left) and her late son Santiago Gonzalez (right).

Nancy Gonzalez (left) and her late son Santiago Gonzalez (proper).

Gonzalez began out by making belts earlier than transferring to purse gross sales in 1998, when she was urged to construct up a set by a designer retailer government. Her work debuted in the US at luxurious division retailer Bergdorf Goodman.

She has additionally seen her work featured in an exhibition on the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork in New York in 2008.

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Actresses Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall on the set of "Sex In The City: The Movie" in New York City on September 21, 2007. Nancy Gonzalez's accessories were supposed used by characters on the show. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)

Actresses Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall on the set of “Intercourse In The Metropolis: The Film” in New York Metropolis on September 21, 2007. Nancy Gonzalez’s equipment have been supposed utilized by characters on the present. (Photograph by James Devaney/WireImage)
(Photograph by James Devaney/WireImage)

Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham and Salma Hayek are among the many celebrities to have reportedly bought Gonzalez’s purses. It stays unclear whether or not these celebrities’ purses have been included in these allegedly smuggled into the US. 

Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham and Salma Hayek are among the celebrities to have reportedly purchased Nancy Gonzalez's handbags.

Britney Spears, Victoria Beckham and Salma Hayek are among the many celebrities to have reportedly bought Nancy Gonzalez’s purses.
(J. Merritt/Getty Pictures for GLAAD)

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The Related Press contributed to this report.