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Old 06-11-2009, 04:30 PM   #1
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Default Attempt to smuggle 120 tortoises foiled in Poland

Attempt to smuggle 120 tortoises foiled in Poland
By Marta Kucharska Jun 2, 2009

The Associated Press: Attempt to smuggle 120 tortoises foiled in Poland
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WARSAW, Poland (AP) Polish customs at the Ukrainian border Tuesday found 121 Central Asian tortoises, a threatened species, bound so tightly in black tape that their heads could barely squeeze out from their shells.
Customs spokeswoman Malgorzata Eisenberger said officers arrested a 34-year-old Ukrainian man allegedly attempting to cross the border with the animals.

The 121 tortoises were destined for markets in Poland where they sell for 200 Polish zlotys ($62) to people who generally want them as pets a much higher price that they would get in impoverished Ukraine, she said.
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