660 Star tortoises, narcotic seized in Chennai
The seizure was made from seized from an air passenger who was bound for Kuala Lumpur on Monday, a senior Customs officer said.india Updated: Sep 26, 2005 18:06 IST
Over 650 endangered Star tortoises and 10 kg of a narcotic substance was seized from an air passenger who was bound for Kuala Lumpur on Monday, a senior Customs officer said.
In a release, Customs Commissioner (Airport) C Rajan, said officers of the Air Intelligence Unit intercepted one Mohammed John, who had already completed check-in, immigration and customs formalities.
Examination of the passengers two checked-in baggage revealed the presence of 660 star tortoises valued at Rs 6.6 lakh and nearly 10 kg of "white powder" suspected to be Ketamine Hydrochloride, valued at about Rs 40 lakh, he said.
The tortoises were later handed over to the Wildlife authorities and the drug has been sent for chemical analysis.
The seizure of star tortoises comes close on the heels of the seizure of 350 star tortoises on September 20.
The passenger has been "detained" by wildlife authorities for appropriate action, the release added.