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Nearly 200 Native And Exotic Wildlife Seized From Sydney Home

Specimens taken from the Belmore residence on Thursday included 30 snakes, 43 lizards, 40 turtles, 22 tortoises, 22 frogs, 19 reptile eggs and five salamanders.

Two people have been arrested and charged as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal wildlife trafficking led by the Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE).

A 29-year-old woman and 32-year-old man allegedly made multiple attempts to smuggle native and exotic animals out of Australia between November 2018 and January 2020.

The animals were headed for Hong Kong and Taiwan, concealed in parcels among electronic speakers and toy trucks, before being intercepted at the Sydney Mail Gateway Facility by Australian Border Force (ABF) officers.

Wildlife found inside the home included snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, frogs, salamanders and reptile eggs. Image: NSW Police/Facebook
The animals were headed for Hong Kong and Taiwan, concealed in parcels among electronic speakers and toy trucks. Image: NSW Police/Facebook
The Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE) are carrying out an ongoing investigation into illegal wildlife trafficking. Image: NSW Police/Facebook

NSW Police along with investigators from the DoEE Office of Compliance Environmental Crime team, executed three search warrants at the Belmore property on Thursday.

Investigators located three rooms with numerous wildlife enclosures that held around 180 animals.

The man and woman were arrested and taken to Campsie Police Station, where they were charged with 17 offences in relation to the attempted export of regulated native specimens.

The maximum penalty for these offences is imprisonment for 10 years and/or a $210,000 fine for an individual or a $1,050,000 fine for a corporation.

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