Man nabbed in capital for illegal wildlife trading

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BANGKOK, Jun 4 – The Thai authorities raided a house in Bangkok and arrested a man on charges of wildlife trading on the Internet.

Crime Suppression police said Monday that the suspect, Chanond Chamkam, confessed to the charge and told police that he has been a cyber dealer of wildlife for the last five years.

He said he bought the wild animals from dealers and most of his customers are Thais in Bangkok.

Police found and seized a number of endangered species animals including two hornbills, a great hornbill, an Asian golden cat, three long-tailed macaques, a mongoose, a spiny terrapin and a loris, estimated to be valued at about Bt100,000, in his house.

He was initially charged with illegally possessing the animals and violating the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act. (MCOT online news)