The Civil Guard dismantles two criminal groups that trafficked in protected species
More than 300 species of reptiles with the highest international protection have been seized, as well as weapons from the Second World War, with a valuation of more than 800,000 euros
The traffickers used “mules” that carried reptile eggs in suitcases to be able to take animals across the borders of their countries of origin
The Civil Guard has detained and investigated a total of 21 people who regularly engaged in the breeding, possession, trade and trafficking of protected reptiles, including turtles valued at around € 30,000, regardless of the established legal requirements.
The animals came from countries in America, Asia, Africa and Oceania and were imported illegally and introduced into Europe for breeding or marketing.