Smuggling truck loaded with thousands of turtles seized in east Libya

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Smuggling truck loaded with thousands of turtles seized in east Libya

November 26, 2017 - 14:20
Written by: SafaAlharathy

Security forces in Jerdes el Abid town in east Libya have uncovered one of the weirdest things tried to be smuggled out of the country. A large truck was seized at the town’s main checkpoint with what looked like a stock of hay, but instead, they found about 3,000 turtles shoved under the pile of hay in an attempt to sneak it out of the country.

The commander in charge of the checkpoint, Hammad Bureqai'a, said that the truck was heading out of the town to Tobruk en route to Egypt, according to the driver.

 He added that the truck driver was referred to the competent authorities to take the necessary measures, pointing out that these turtles, which are a national treasure, will be launched in the wildlife after taking permission from the Public Prosecution.