Monday, 22 June 2015

NEWSLINK: Border Force operation seizes items including tiger’s head in Devon

Posted on May 28, 2015 by Kevin Heath

The seizure of a chameleon in formaldehyde at Heathrow Airport set in motion an operation by Border Force and Police which led to a raid of a house and a business premises in Newton Abbott. There a number of items was seized including a tiger’s head, monkey skulls, ivory items and many other endangered species and their parts.

The chameleon was discovered by CITES officers of the Border Force on 17th April at the Heathrow Worldwide Distribution Centre postal hub. It had been posted from the United States. As an endangered species covered by the CITES agreement the species involved was found to be protected from international trade.

The case was investigated by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and officers from both the NCA and Border Force raided a house and a business premises in Newton Abbott, Devon on 21st May.

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