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Catalog – Tech-Science – Attempt to smuggle hundreds of tarantulas, scorpions and giant cockroaches to Europe in a suitcase

2021.12.09. 15:04

It was a big catch for staff at El Dorado International Airport in Bogota when a baggage bound for Europe was searched last week. More than three hundred tarantulas, scorpions and giant cockroaches were found in plastic boxes in the bag.

Airport authorities, after examining the bags of two German nationals about to leave Colombia, discovered illegally smuggled live goods on December 2, according to a report from the local environment ministry.

There were a total of two hundred and ten plastic boxes in the bag, including 232 spiders bird spiders and the “magic door” half spiders (Barychelidae) -, 67 giant cockroach (Blaberidae), a scorpion with seven offspring and nine spider eggs was hidden. The Germans claimed that the animals were taken to Germany for experimental purposes, which cannot be proven by any official paper. Colombian authorities have ordered an investigation, and animal smugglers can expect fines and some civil and criminal prosecutions for their actions.

Investigators said the animals may have been collected in Boyaca, near Bogota, in a town called San Luis de Jacino. Colombia needs to pay special attention to illegal animal smuggling, Minister Urrutia Vázquez to me At the airport, the authorities have the best chance of detecting smugglers. In September, attempts were made to transport nearly 3,500 shark fins and 117 kg of floating bladders to Hong Kong via Bogota airport. So far this year, authorities have found more than 11,000 animals at the airport alone, 7,058 of them still alive when they tried to smuggle them out of Colombia.

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