Two women who tried not to let the cat out of the bag were arrested in Thailand after being caught with over 100 live animals in their luggage.
Airport security at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport opened luggage belonging to two women when they detected unusual objects as the bags passed through X-ray machines. When the luggage was opened, security found two white porcupines, two armadillos, 35 turtles, 50 chameleons, and 20 snakes, Thailand’s Department of National Parks said in a Monday press release.
The women, Nithya Raja, 38, and Zakia Sulthana Ebrahim, 24, were charged with violating Thailand’s Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act of 2019, the Animal Disease Act of 2015, and the Customs Act of 2017, according to the Bangkok Post.
The women were attempting to travel to Chennai Airport in India.
Wildlife trafficking, a multibillion-dollar criminal enterprise, is destroying endangered species, according to the Wildlife Trafficking Alliance. It is the fourth most profitable transnational crime behind drug trade, arms trade, and human trafficking, the alliance said.