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Chennai Airport Customs Department intercepted a passenger carrying several species of rare animals, officials said on Friday. The passenger, Mohammed Shahiel, had arrived in Chennai from Bangkok on a Thai Airways flight.
Officials said the passenger was found carrying a DeBrazza Monkey, fifteen KingSnakes, five Ball Pythons and two Aldabra Tortoises in checked baggage. The rare species of animals were found after investigation and were later recovered by officials.
The animals were returned to their country of origin through Thai airways as the live species were illegally imported.
“Based on information provided by intelligence services, on 11.08.22, a male passenger arriving from Bangkok on board TG-337 was intercepted by customs officers. While examining checked baggage, 1-DeBrazza Monkey , 15-KingSnakes, 5-Ball Pythons and 2-Aldabra Tortoises were recovered.As the live animals were illegally imported, they were deported to the country of origin through Thai airways in consultation with AQCS Chennai customs officials told ANI.
The passenger had neither a license from the General Directorate of Foreign Trade (DGFT) nor a notice of no objection from the Animal Quarantine and Certification Services (AQCS) of the Ministry of Fisheries, Livestock and Laiterie, officers returned the animals to Bangkok, the statement said. Further investigations into the case are ongoing.
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