China’s authorities arrest man attempting to smuggle over 100 live snakes in his trousers


(MENAFN) In a bizarre incident, a man was apprehended while attempting to smuggle over 100 live snakes into mainland China from Hong Kong, using an unusual method involving his trousers. According to a statement from China Customs on Tuesday, the traveler was intercepted at the border city of Shenzhen by vigilant customs officers.

The incident unfolded when customs officers decided to inspect the man's belongings and found his trousers unusually bulging with six canvas drawstring bags that were tightly sealed with tape. Upon opening these bags, authorities were shocked to discover a menagerie of live snakes of various species, sizes, and colors. The total haul included 104 snakes, among them milk snakes and corn snakes, many of which are not native to the region.

A video released alongside the statement depicted border agents carefully examining transparent plastic bags filled with the squirming reptiles, displaying a variety of vibrant hues including red, pink, and white. The attempt to smuggle such a large number of snakes highlights the ongoing challenges faced by authorities in combating wildlife trafficking, particularly in a country like China, known for its significant role in the global animal trade.

China has been actively enforcing strict biosecurity and disease control laws aimed at curbing the illegal importation of non-native species. These regulations are crucial not only for preserving local ecosystems but also for preventing the potential spread of diseases associated with wildlife. The customs authority underscored that individuals caught breaking these laws will be held accountable according to legal provisions, although specific details regarding the consequences for the smuggler in this case were not disclosed.

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