More than 180 animals seized in western Sydney smuggling bust

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A 29-year-old woman and a 32-year-old-man were arrested and charged with 17 offences relating to illegal wildlife trafficking.

More than 180 native and exotic animals have been seized from a western Sydney property and two people have been charged for attempting to smuggle wildlife out of Australia.

Reptiles, including turtles, were seized from a Belmore property as part of a wildlife smuggling investigation.After a Department of Environment-led investigation, police executed a search warrant on a Belmore property on Thursday. They discovered 30 snakes, 43 lizards, 40 turtles, 22 tortoises, 22 frogs, five salamanders and 19 reptile eggs.


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