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Customs seize 660 kg of wild life species worth Rs 7 crore


Press Trust of India Chennai
Endangered wildlife species like seahorses and dried pipefish were seized during a raid at a godown near here and two persons have been detained, officials said Wednesday.
Customs officials recovered 660 kg of wildlife species worth Rs 7 crore which were meant for smuggling out of the country from Mumbai.
Commissioner of Customs (Preventive) Rajan Chaudhary said in a release that officers during the search on Monday nabbed two persons who confessed that the contraband was likely to be sent to Mumbai by road for smuggling to China and other South Asian countries.
Pangolin scales, manta and mobula ray gills and shark fins were also seized.
The two persons who worked as business partners at the godown were detained.
Pangolin scales, seahorse, pipefish, manta and mobula ray gills are used for traditional chinese medicine while shark fins for soup preparation in China.

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First Published: Feb 27 2019 | 6:55 PM IST

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