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Thai police stop pickup truck, find 16 tiger cubs

By Associated Press


BANGKOK (AP) — Police in northeastern Thailand who chased a pickup truck trying to avoid a highway checkpoint found unexpected contraband in the back of the vehicle: 16 tiger cubs.

Police Col. Supakorn Khamsingnok said Saturday the driver told police he was paid 15,000 baht ($500) to deliver the cubs from a Bangkok suburb to northeastern Udon Thani province on the border with Laos.

Supakorn said police believe the tigers, packed in eight cages, were being sent outside Thailand.

Thailand is a hub of the international black market for protected animals and widlife parts, often used for traditional East Asian medicines.

The driver faces a possible four-year jail term and 40,000 baht ($1,300) fine on wildlife smuggling-related charges.

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gypsy wrote:
on October 27,2012 | 04:11AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Good job Thai police. The world needs to make the use of these "traditional East Asian medicines" illegal and prosecute the users. Man's cruelty is just too much!
on October 27,2012 | 08:17AM
star08 wrote:
They should've let the truck go, surveilled it and caught the buyers, too.
on October 27,2012 | 09:26AM
pacific_travler wrote:
I am suprised he didn't just pay the police off.
on October 27,2012 | 12:20PM
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