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109 live wild animals found in luggage of 2 Indian women at Suvarnabhumi airport


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Customs officials arrested two Indian women at Suvarnabhumi airport earlier this week after 109 live wild animals were found in their luggage before boarding the plane bound for India.

Sathon Khong-ngern, chief of the wildlife checkpoint in Suvarnabhumi, said the animals were found when officials x-rayed the women’s two suitcases.

The suitcases contain two white porcupines, two armadillos, 35 turtles, 50 lizards and 20 snakes.

The suitcases belonged to two Indian women, 38-year-old Nithya Raja and 24-year-old Zakia Sulthana Ebrahim, who were about to leave Suvarnabhumi airport on a Thai Airways flight to Chennai airport in India.

The women have been detained and charged with violating the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act of 2019, the Animal Disease Act of 2015 and the Customs Act of 2017.

They have been handed over to Suvarnabhumi Airport Police Station for legal action.

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