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Man arrested with bag of turtles at Hong Kong airport

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A man carrying a bag of 167 turtles has been arrested at Hong Kong International Airport.

Hong Kong Customs officials seized the suspected black pond turtles, an endangered species, worth about $280,000.

The 21-year-old man was arriving from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia when an X-ray of his check-in baggage showed suspicious images.

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An inspection of his baggage revealed the turtles.

The man was arrested on Friday and the case handed over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for follow-up investigation.

Importing an endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of $5 million and imprisonment for two years.

Photograph courtesy of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government

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