Saudi man nabbed in wildlife smuggling attempt


A SAUDI ARABIAN man was arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport this evening (June 15) after 99 wild animals and 90 aquatic animals were found in his suitcases just as he was trying to catch a flight back to his home country, TV Channel 7 said.

Airport officials inspected the three suitcases the unidentified Saudi man checked in at the international departure hall after one of them became suspicious about what they contained. Upon opening them they found a total of 189 wildlife and aquatic animals worth 259,200 baht in them.

He was about to catch Saudia Airlines, flight SV845, to Jeddah.

The officials gathered the evidence and took the suspect to Suvarnabhumi Airport police station where he is facing charges under Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act B.E. 2562 (2019), Customs Act B.E. 2560 (2017) and Animal Epidemics Act B.E. 2558 (2015).

The rescued wildlife and aquatic animals were sent to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation where officials will be taking care of them.


Some of the wildlife and aquatic animals found in a Saudi man’s suitcases at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photo: TV Channel 7

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