Translated from Dutch NOS TV:
Big catch of illegal animal skins, bones and ivory
In North Brabant province a huge amount of material of protected and endangered animals and plants has been found. It involves, eg, coral and skins and bones of endangered animals.
The discovery was made in a joint operation by customs, police and the Food and Drugs Authority NVWA.
The items were in an office building and five sheds. Skins of snakes, monkey skulls, ivory jewelry and hundreds of kilos of coral were displayed in a showroom and were stored in crates and boxes. The police have taken three days to find out the illegal material between the legal stuff. Also, half a million euros in cash and gold was found.
The police found out about the company after customs in Rotterdam had intercepted a container from China. It contained 345 kilos of coral, for which no authorization had been sought. Two weeks ago, a search started at the Brabant business.
The 53-year-old owner of the company is the suspect in this case, but he has not been arrested yet.
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