Four men are arrested after being caught smuggling more than 5,000 live baby turtles and 30lbs of drugs into Malaysia in their luggage
- Agents discovered the turtle turtles in the hand luggage of two men
- The men claimed that they ultimately intended to sell the turtles as pets in India
- Border guards also discovered 30 pounds of methamphetamine in their luggage
The Malaysian authorities have arrested four Indians and seized more than 30 pounds of drugs and more than 5,000 turtles from their luggage at Kuala Lumpur airport.
Senior customs officer Zulkurnain Mohamed Yusof said Wednesday that agents found a total of 5,255 red-eared baby turtles in small baskets from the luggage of two Indian citizens who flew in on June 20 with an AirAsia flight from Guangzhou, China.
He said the men had no license for the turtles and told the researchers that the marsh turtles, estimated at $ 12,700, were intended to be sold as pets in India.
Senior Customs Officer Zulkurnain Mohamed Yusuf and his officers detain some of the seized turtles
The turtles are shown during a press conference at the Custom Cargo Complex near the KLIA airport in Sepang
The men aged 30 and 42 are expected to be charged and receive up to five years in prison and a fine, he said.
The red earmuffs are one of & # 39; the world's most traded turtles, meant for the pet and meat markets. Permits are required because young turtles are susceptible to carrying salmonella and cause health problems.
Separately, Zulkarnain said officials also found a total of 30 lbs of methamphetamine worth 717,000 ringgit ($ 174,000), hidden in special compartments in boxes that were carried by hand by two men.
One of them flew from Hyderabad, India on June 19 and another from Bengaluru on June 20, he said in a statement.
The men, both 30 years old and presumably drug mules, are expected to be charged and will face the death penalty if convicted.
Officials also found a total of 14.34 kilograms of methamphetamine worth 717,000 ringgit ($ 174,000)
The smuggling was hidden in special compartments in boxes that were carried by hand by two men
The men did not have a license for the turtles and told the researchers that the marsh turtles, estimated at $ 12,700, were intended to be sold as pets in India
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