Hong Kong Customs today (October 14) seized suspected endangered species items including 24 frogs, 46 turtles and 52 chameleons at Lok Ma Chau Control Point. The total market value of the seized items is about $200,000 and two men were arrested.
Customs officers intercepted two outgoing lorries declared to be empty for Customs clearance at Lok Ma Chau Control Point during small hours this morning. During inspection, the unmanifested cargo was found inside the cargo compartment of the lorries. Two male drivers aged 53 and 55 were arrested on suspicion of breaching the Import and Export Ordinance and the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance. The case is still under investigation.
Under the Import and Export Ordinance, the maximum penalty for attempting to export unmanifested cargo is a fine of $2 million and imprisonment for seven years.
Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of exporting an endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of $5 million and imprisonment for two years.
Members of the public may report any suspected smuggling activities to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.
Ends/Friday, October 14, 2016