Tortoise smuggler intercepted at Almeria port

CAPTION: CONCEALED: Guardia officers found the four tortoises hidden in the car boot. CREDIT: Almeria Guardia Civil

GUARDIA Civil detained a French resident at Almeria port after discovering four tortoises hidden in his car.
The 60-year old identified as E.H.B. faces charges for transporting a protected species without the corresponding Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) documentation.
Officers discovered the four ‘Testudo Graeca” tortoises during routine inspections of vehicles disembarking from ferries doing the Almeria to North Africa crossing. When they came to the 60-year old’s top-of-the-range 4×4 they came across two boxes with holes cut into them concealed in the boot. Each box turned out to contain two tortoises.
The driver failed to produce any documentation.
The tortoises were put into the care of specialised centres.

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Cathy Elelman

Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.

Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.

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