Hollywood star Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years in an Australian jail for smuggling his dogs into the country.
The 51-year-old failed to declare his pets and therefore broke Australia’s strict quarantine laws.
An investigation is underway to see if Johnny Depp or his pilot should be prosecuted for failing to declare Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo to authorities on their arrival in Brisbane aboard a private jet in April.
A Senate committee has been told that if the matter proceeds to a court and Johnny Depp is found guilty, the actor could face 10 years of jail time or a maximum fine of $340,000.
Depp, who had been filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Queensland, injured his hand in March and flew back to the US to undergo surgery. When he returned in April via a private jet, Depp did not declare his Yorkshire Terriers, Boo and Pistol, breaking the country’s strict quarantine laws.
An ongoing investigation found that Depp, his fellow passengers and the flight crew didn’t declare the dogs’ presence and the animals were only discovered after the Yorkshire Terriers were taken to a local groomer and photos were posted on the social media.