Hong Kong Customs yesterday (April 17) seized 150 live turtles, suspected to be endangered species, with an estimated market value of about $30,000 at Shenzhen Bay Control Point.
Customs officers intercepted an incoming private car at Shenzhen Bay Control Point for inspection yesterday and found the live turtles inside the luggage of a passenger. The 19-year-old man was arrested.
The case was handed over to Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for follow-up investigation.
Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting an endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of $5 million and imprisonment for two years.
Ends/Wednesday, April 18, 2018