Airport X-ray machine nails smuggled live turtles

August 11, 2015 13:25
Some of the 95 turtles are shown in plastic containers after they were seized by customs authorities. The shipment came from Los Angeles via Japan. Photo: GIS

Dozens of live turtles were intercepted while being smuggled into Hong Kong when they showed up on an airport X-ray machine.

All 95 reptiles, believed to be endangered species, were seized by customs authorities in Chek Lap Kok airport, according to Headline Daily.

The turtles were in five boxes and were worth about HK$95,000 (US$12,250).

The shipment was declared as used books and was sent from Los Angeles via Japan's Narita airport.

It was set to be forwarded by Hong Kong Post to an unspecified address.   

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department is investigating the incident.

Illegal importation of endangered species into Hong Kong is punishable by a up to a HK$100,000 fine and one-year imprisonment.

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