Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Man held for trying to smuggle China pond tortoises

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) sleuths arrested a passenger, who arrived at Trichy International Airport by Sri Lankan Airlines, allegedly for attempting to smuggle China pond tortoises. DRI has intercepted him, who had arrived here on November 24 from Guangzhou in China via Colombo, while he was attempting to smuggle the live species which is a prohibited item under Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) 2015-2020.
Examination of passenger’s checked-in baggage resulted in detention of 2,829 numbers of China Pond tortoises found to be concealed in cookies packets and wheat flour packets.
The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), also known as the red-eared terrapin, red-eared turtle and water slider turtle, is a semi-aquatic turtle belonging to the family Emydidae.
27/11/19 Times of India
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