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Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years in prison for smuggling his dogs, Australian Senate says

Johnny Depp arriving for the British premiere of

Johnny Depp arriving for the British premiere of 'Mortdecai' in London on Jan. 19, 2015. Credit: EPA / HANNAH MCKAY

Members of the Australian Senate on Monday stated that Johnny Depp, currently filming "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" in Australia, could face a maximum $340,000 fine or 10 years in prison for having smuggled his two pet dogs into the country.

The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday reported that the Senate questioned Agriculture Department officials concerning how the two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, were brought into the country without first going through mandatory quarantine.

Officials discovered the Yorkies' presence when the animals were taken to a local groomer and images of the dogs appeared on social media.

The hearing also revealed an ongoing investigation into the incident. Customs officials boarded Depp's plane before passengers disembarked, but did not find the dogs. Depp's pilot faces a maximum of 2 years in prison, the paper said.

Earlier this month, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to have the dogs put down after discovering they were in Australia illegally. The Yorkies have since been returned to the United States.


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