The snakes were being transported by the lady passenger at the Chennai International Airport, who took them on flight AK13 from Kuala Lumpur in her checked luggage.
At least 22 snakes of various types and one chameleon were found in a female passenger’s suitcase at the Chennai International Airport. Furthermore, The traveler came from Malaysia on Friday.
A video from the airport shows employees removing the snake with a long rod as some snakes slithered out of the floor-mounted containers.
Upon arriving from Kuala Lumpur, the customs authorities detained the woman. “On April 28, Customs detained a female passenger arriving from Kuala Lumpur on flight AK13.
On closer inspection of her checked luggage, 22 snakes of various species and a chameleon were discovered and seized by the Customs Act of 1962. Further, the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 was also charged by Chennai Customs.
Snakes found in Passenger bag at Chennai Airport
Customs Department Siezed it
According to officials, in a previous incident in January, the Customs Department of Chennai International Airport was able to retrieve 45 ball pythons, three marmosets, three-star tortoises, and eight corn snakes.
Two abandoned bags discovered near the baggage claim belt of a passenger arriving from Bangkok were investigated on January 11. Subsequently leading to the recovery of the animal species. Subsequently, On January 12, according to customs officers, they were sent back to Bangkok.
The state’s Forest Department in Tamil Nadu has upped its scrutiny of travelers bringing alien species into the country.
According to sources who spoke to IANS, these species had higher black market prices and were trafficked into other regions of South India. Further, In a few instances, the species are transported to some northern Indian cities, including Delhi, Lucknow, and Jaipur.
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