A woman convicted in 2008 of smuggling an exotic monkey into the United States from Thailand by stuffing it under her blouse and pretending to be pregnant died late Tuesday or early Wednesday near Northport, Wash., according to the Spokesman Review.
The paper reports that 31-year-old Gypsy R. Lawson was driving on state Route 25 when her 1986 Nissan pickup went off the road, rolled over and hit some trees. Providing details, the Washington State Patrol tells the Spokesman Review the crash was not discovered until this morning, and Lawson, who was not wearing a seatbelt, is said to have died at the scene.
As far as that monkey smuggling goes, the Spokesman Review offers a refresher:
Lawson and her mother her convicted by a federal jury in December 2008 of smuggling an exotic monkey into the United States.
Lawson hid the young rhesus macaque monkey under her blouse and pretended to be pregnant while passing through U.S. customs after visiting Thailand in November 2007 with her mother, Fran Ogren of Northport.
Ogren emailed "NE Washington Witches and Pagans" while traveling home and asked for "last-minute energy" to help them safely smuggle the monkey home, according to previous reports.
The paper also notes that the investigation into her monkey smuggling began when Lawson and her boyfriend visited a Fashion Bug store in north Spokane and blabbed about the primate to a store employee - who promptly alerted federal agents.
Lawson was sentenced to 60 days in federal prison and three years probation for her part in the monkey smuggling.