A YOUNG Indian man was caught trying to smuggle six types of controlled wildlife totalling 17 of them at Suvarnabhumi Airport last night (August 16), Matichon newspaper said.
At 11 p.m. Mr. Prasert Sonsathapornkul, director of the Wildlife and Plant Protection Division (under CITES Convention) was alerted by security officials at this airport that an X-Ray scan at the international departure checkpoint had found creatures in one of the suitcases.
Subsequently the airport’s wildlife checkpoint officials together with others from the animal quarantine station and customs inspectors checked the suitcase.
It was discovered that the suitcase belonged to Mr. Abilash Annaduri, 21, an Indian national who was getting ready to fly to Chennai Airport on a Thai Airways International flight.
Within his suitcase were found a desert fox, a raccoon, eight marmoset monkeys, two green skinks, three monitor lizards, and two albino pythons. They were hidden in plastic baskets with the rest of the suitcase filled with food and snacks.
The export of animals without permission is an offence under the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act, B.E. 2562, Section 23 and also an offence under the Customs Act B.E. 2560, Section 242 and Section 244 for trying to take restricted or forbidden goods out of the country.
Some of the animals that the Indian man tried to smuggle out of the country in his suitcase. Photos: Matichon