Officers in the Mae Tha district of Lamphun arrested two people yesterday (March 5) at a police checkpoint after discovering their cargo contained live banded rat snakes and water monitor meat in the back of their pick-up.
Both of the animals discovered are protected species here in Thailand.
Officers became suspicious about the trucks cargo and ordered the driver to submit to a random search, hidden onboard officers discovered five large bags in which 25 live banded rat snakes were discovered ranging from 1-3 meters in length.
A further search revealed a cool box containing water monitor meat weighing roughly 100 kilograms.
Offices took the two trucks passengers into custody and they were later identified as 43-year-old Nusarin Bunkongrat and the truck’s driver Sorakarn Lantana, 29, both face charges of possessing and trading in protected species.
The pair admitted they had purchased their cargo from poachers with the intent to sell the snakes and lizard meat to exotic food restaurants.
Source: Thai PBS
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