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The authorities in Australia claim that they stopped one of the largest illegal wildlife smuggling attempts from the International Airport of Melbourne.
A 27-year-old Japanese woman allegedly tried to sneak 19 lizards out of the country by hiding them in her luggage. The suspect was arrested at the airport, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment or a fine of $210,000. The Australian Border Force (ABF) is reportedly focused on the woman after a tip about her from sources in Hong Kong.
An X-ray image of the suspicious baggage shows 19 lizards securely packaged in a mesh packages.
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An X-ray of her luggage allegedly revealed 17 shingleback lizards and two blue tongue lizard tightly packed in a mesh packages.
According to a statement released by the ABF, the reptiles were handed over to the Victorian Ministry of Environment, land, Water and Planning, where they will be checked by the veterinarian and, if possible, return to nature. The remaining copies will be donated to schools and non-profit organizations.
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By the presence of mark on a number of lizards, it is presumed that they were caught in the wild. The suspect can be confronted with additional animals, and cruelty to. She is set to appear in court on April 24.