An­i­mal smug­gling foiled at air­port

The Jakarta Post - - CITY -

BANTEN: Air­port of­fi­cials foiled the smug­gling of dozens of an­i­mals in four large suit­cases at Ter­mi­nal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Wed­nes­day.

The four suit­cases be­longed to a Saudi Ara­bian cit­i­zen, AA. The suit­cases con­tained a num­ber of pro­tected an­i­mals.

“There were 65 tur­tles, nine snakes, five lizards, ten croc­o­diles, four weasels and eight leeches. Two of the tur­tles and three weasels were found dead,” said El­iza Sury­ati Roesli, head of the Agri­cul­tural Quar­an­tine Cen­ter at the air­port, as quoted by kom­pas.com on Thurs­day.

“At the de­par­ture gate, an avi­a­tion se­cu­rity of­fi­cer be­came sus­pi­cious of the suit­case car­ried by AA. When ex­am­ined, there were some an­i­mals wrapped in plas­tic,” El­iza said.

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