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Palma Airport arrest

Mediterranean tortoises.

A man has been arrested at Palma Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle tortoises onto a flight to Valencia.

Customs Agents were scanning the suitcase when they noticed something moving and asked the passenger to open it.

Inside they found a box sealed with cellophane containing six Mediterranean tortoises, (Testudo Hermanni) which are native to the Balearic Islands and a protected species.

The man has been charged under Article 333 of the Penal Code, relating to the Protection of Flora and Fauna, which may also incur a violation of the Smuggling Act.

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