Police have busted a wildlife trafficking ring in Khon Khaen and saved hundreds of animals from being shipped to buyers.

The highway police in the northeastern province of Khon Khaen yesterday stopped a suspicious-looking pickup heading for another province. Upon the search they found hundreds of rare turtles, snakes, and monitor lizards hidden under the cover in the back of the truck.

Police then arrested the driver and a passenger. They confessed that they were hired 60,000 baht to take the animals from a big market in Bangkok and deliver them to Nongkhai province.

According to the police, the smuggled animals are destined for China, where they will be used as ingredients for traditional medicines or served as gourmet dishes. The confiscated animals would fetch no less than 1.5 million baht if they got through.

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