Johnny Depp's Wife Amber Heard Charged With Smuggling

Posted: Jul 16 2015, 9:02am CDT | by , in Latest Celebrity News


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Johnny Depp's Wife Amber Heard Charged with Smuggling
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  • Amber Heard set to appear in trial for illegally smuggling dogs in Australia

Amber Heard brought Johnny Depp’s dogs in the country with declaration or proper documentation which is against the Australian quarantine laws and Heard is up to appear in court for her alleged crimes.

This May, Johnny Depp and his lovely, newly wed wife came under Australian scrutiny for bringing in their two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo into Australia on Depp’s private jet.

They failed to declare the dogs and later on Heard produced faulty paperwork while they were being investigated. The Australian law has strict quarantine policies to ensure that no disease or infection makes its way into the country.

Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce was the first to react on the case when he warned that the Depps should take their dogs back to California otherwise they were going to have to euthanize them.

Depp, who was filming for the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean at the time, flew Pistol and Boo back to the US before the threat could be carried out. The dogs had caught media attention when they had been taking to a grooming parlor.

Since then, Amber Heard, 29, has come under scrutiny of the Australian law as she was the one who flew in the dogs, didn’t declare them and even produced faulty paperwork.

Prosecutors this week issued a summons for the young actress, to appear at a magistrate’s court in the state of Queensland on September 7.She faces two charges of illegal import of animals and one charge of knowingly producing a false or misleading document, Australia's Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions said in a statement Thursday.

The illegal import of animals carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of 102,000 Australian dollars ($75,000); the false document charge has a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a fine of 10,200 Australian dollars ($7,500).

Heard says that she is going to avoid going to Australia in the future. Meanwhile, husband Johnny Depp has not been charged with any of the concerning matter although Minister Barnaby Joyce says that he should be treated no different from the law as they are all equals.

Depp realizes that he may have to return to Australia and is working on his public image in Australia by making appearances dressed as his Pirates of the Caribbean character, Captain Jack Sparrow.

Sources: BBC , CNN

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