Police officers found a couple of additional passengers on a bus in Chumphon on Friday morning, which resulted in the driver being arrested on charges of smuggling protected wildlife.
The driver was transporting 24 unwitting passengers as well as two female tiger cubs estimated to be about four months old which officers found inside two sealed plastic bins.
Authorities received a tip-off that the tigers would be being transported on the bus that departed Koh Samui at 4.40pm destined for Bangkok.
Acting on the information officers set up a checkpoint on the Phetchkasem Highway in Mueang and waited for the bus to arrive, reaching the checkpoint at 1am.
Police searched the bus and found the two cubs sealed in plastic bins.
The driver of the bus Somneuk Jaiman, 59, said that he had been paid 1,000 baht to deliver the kittens to someone at Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal, alleging he had no idea that they were actually tiger cubs, guess the stripes didn’t give it away.
Officers charged Somneuk under section 19 of the Wildlife Protection Act for having protected animals in his possession without a permit and could face further charges, pending completion of the investigation.
The two cubs are believed to be able to fetch up to 1 million baht on the black market.
Source : Thairath
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