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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Live ornamental turtles seized from passenger at Cochin airport!

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Special Correspondent / The Hindu / NEDUMBASSERY, July 12, 2011. 

Ornamental Turtles

Officials of the Air Customs Intelligence Unit at the Cochin International Airport on Tuesday seized about 6000 live ornamental turtles from a passenger who arrived from Singapore.
The passenger, identified as Abdul Rahim Naina Muhammad (44) of Chennai, attempted to pass through the green channel and told customs that he was not carrying anything that needed to be declared. However, he was stopped by officials on suspicion. When his baggage was checked, officials found that he had concealed live ornamental turtles in it.

The Confidence with which these international smugglers of endangered species, trying to walk-through the green channel, declaring that they don't have anything to declare, really, surprises the likes of you and me!

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