Man Tries to Smuggle Baby Animals Past Airport Security
In a bizarre twist, a first-class passenger was arrested this week after he was caught trying to smuggle two panthers, an Asiatic black bear, one macaque monkey and one marmoset in his luggage.
According to the Guardian, the suspect, Noor Mahmoodr, was charged with “possessing endangered wildlife and smuggling endangered wildlife.” The animals were reportedly drugged at the time, and received immediate veterinary care after Mahmoodr was caught.
Mahmoodr was attempting to board a flight from Bangkok to Dubai. Authorities believe that he has smuggled animals several times already.
It was a very sophisticated smuggling operation. We’ve never seen one like this before,” said Steven Galster, director of the anti-trafficking group Freedom Foundation. “The guy had a virtual zoo in his suitcases.”