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By NBC Dallas/Ft. Worth

Federal prosecutors in East Texas say a Dallas man has been indicted for smuggling dead hummingbirds into the U.S. from Mexico.

A federal grand jury this week indicted 53-year-old Carlos Delgado Rodriguez on charges alleging he smuggled about 60 of the birds into Texas over the course of a year.

Authorities say Rodriguez intended to sell the dead birds but it wasn't immediately clear who would be interested in purchasing them.

Prosecutors say Rodriguez violated state and federal laws, including ones that prohibit the smuggling or sale of migratory birds.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

A hummingbird flies over a garden in Mexico City.LUIS ACOSTA / AFP - Getty Images file