Three Thai men arrested after allegedly selling tiger and leopard skins to an undercover agent
Three men were arrested in this province yesterday after they were allegedly caught selling clouded leopard and tiger skins to an undercover agent. National park officers and police at a resort in Kanchanaburi seized three live leopard kittens in addition to tiger and leopard skins worth two million baht.
Police had been tipped off that illegal traders were trying to sell three cloud leopard skins and a tiger skin they had bought from across the border in Myanmar. Before the arrest, an officer went undercover and reportedly negotiated with the traders, agreeing on a price of 2.2 million baht and transferring a deposit of 20,000 baht to the bank account of one of the traders.
The undercover officer met the alleged traffickers at a resort in Sangkhla Buri province, where they were arrested by park officers and police from the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Division. Four tiger and leopard skins were found in a rented vehicle, as well as three live leopard kittens.
The men, two from Thailand and one from Myanmar, were charged with possessing and trading protected animal carcasses and face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to one million baht. If agents discover that the animals and hides were imported into Thailand, they could face additional charges.