08 Apr '11, 4pm

Thailand seizes 1,800 monitor lizards via @cmswire

Thailand seizes 1,800 monitor lizards via @cmswire

Thailand made its largest-ever seizure of monitor lizards after finding more than 2,000 of the reptiles being smuggled in a convoy of pick-up trucks. -- PHOTO: AFP BANGKOK - THAILAND said on Friday it had made its largest-ever seizure of monitor lizards after finding more than 2,000 of the reptiles being smuggled in a convoy of pick-up trucks heading for the capital. The live Bengal monitors were found in plastic baskets on the back of three vehicles when they were stopped by authorities in Prachuap Khiri Khan province, south of Bangkok, on Thursday. Customs officials, who put the estimated street value of the reptiles at 1.8 million baht (S$75,318), said officials believe they were destined for Chinese customers. 'They are from Malaysia and transported through southern Thailand and northeastern Laos to China for eating,' said Seree Thaijongrak, head of the customs investi...

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