ACBPS poaches bird egg smuggler

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) officers detected and seized 16 bird eggs at Sydney Airport yesterday (Tuesday, 21 May 2014).

A 39-year-old Czech man was selected for a full baggage examination after he arrived on a flight from Dubai. During the examination, ACBPS officers conducted a frisk search of the man and allegedly found 16 small eggs concealed in his groin area.

ACBPS Investigations officers arrested the man and charged him with attempting to import regulated live specimens without a permit under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The man is scheduled to appear in Sydney Central Court today.

ACBPS Regional Commander NSW, Tim Fitzgerald, said that Australia has some of the strongest wildlife protection laws in the world.

“The import and export of wildlife is strictly controlled and policed by Customs and Border Protection at the border,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

“Wildlife smuggling is cruel and often results in the death of animals in transit.”

ACBPS has now transferred the eggs to Department of Agriculture veterinarians who will assist in their identification.

The maximum penalty for wildlife trade offences is 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of $170,000.

Media enquiries:

ACBPS Media: (02) 6275 6793

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