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03 March 2010 :: 10:03:18 am 14510

Thailand Seize 2 Million Baht Illegal Coral Consignment

Thai customs officials investigating the Thai Airways International warehouses uncovered a massive consignment of restricted coral and sea anemones. The customs declaration was labelled incorrectly and had been exported into the Kingdom from Indonesia.
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Bangkok, the 2nd of March 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Conducting a random search at the Thai Airways International freight warehouses in Bangkok, Thai Customs Department officials seized more than 800 pieces of rare and protected corals and sea anemones. The consignment weighed in excess of the 300kg.

Customs Department deputy director general Kornsiri Pinnarut told a packed press conference that they had successfully intercepted a consignment of 858 corals, sea anemones, giant clams, cowries and sea fans weighing over 300kg.

According to Mr. Pinnarut, the package was bound for the Kalasin province in the North-East of Thailand, where Mr. Siriporn Umphu had initiated the deal to import the restricted wildlife from Indonesia on the 1st of March. False information was provided on the customs declaration, labelling the consignment as ornamental fish.

Mr. Umphu will now be summoned to report to police on charges of importing forbidden items into the Kingdom without permission, violating the 1992 Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act and providing false information on an official document. Customs officials speculate that the corals were to be sold at Bangkok’s Chatuchak weekend market.

In the past six months the Thai Customs Department has made arrests in three separate cases confiscating a variety of prohibited flora and fauna worth an estimated 142,000,000 baht.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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