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Smuggling of reptiles out of Thailand intercepted

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THAILAND - On February 1, 2012, officers from the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Division (NRECD) of the Royal Thai Police and the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) intercepted and seized 2 vehicles in Bangkok on the way to Suvarnabhumi Airport, with cargo containing the following: 56 Yellow-headed temple turtles, 3 Asian box turtles, 5 Platysternon megacephalum carcasses, 25 common siamese soft-shelled turtles, 17 reticulated pythons, 9 Naja kaouthia, 4 python molurus, and 700 Chinese soft-shelled turtles, with a total estimated value of 3.7 million THB. 3 suspects who were arrested confessed that the cargo will be exported by air to China.

2 arrested, 45 pangolins seized in Thailand

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THAILAND - On January 30, 2012, Thai authorities arrested 2 Malaysian men and seized 45 pangolins weighing over 100 kg while passing through the inbound immigration border checkpoint in Sadao district.

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1,495 pig-nosed turtles seized in Papua Province

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INDONESIA - On January 25, 2012, Indonesian authorities seized 1,495 live pig-nosed turtles crammed into 2 suitcases in Mopah Airport, Merauke in Papua Province, bound for Jakarta.

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45 Senegal Parrots seized in Penang Intl Airport

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MALAYSIA - On January 19, 2012, the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) seized 45 Senegal Parrots valued at RM70,200 in the Penang International Airport.

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Raids in Puerto Princesa yield pangolin scales seizures and arrests

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PHILIPPINES - It was reported on January 18, 2012 that the police raided a junk shop in Puerto Princesa, Palawan which resulted in the seizure of 7 kilograms of Pangolin scales and the arrest of 3 suspects facing charges of violating the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act. Another suspect/poacher was arrested in another recent raid. 

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