Malaysian ‘Godfather’ of wildlife trafficking jailed in US over rhino horns

A Malaysian wildlife trafficker has been confined to prison for a period of 18 months in the United States. The charge in opposition to the trafficker, Teo Boon Ching recognized infamously as the Godfather, is the deliberate trafficking of lots of of kilogrammes of rhinoceros horns.
The horns, a result of the illicit poaching of rhinoceroses, are valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars. The rhinoceroses, a species on the point of extinction, face a severe menace as a end result of such activities.
A court in New York declared the sentence on Tuesday, stories from the US embassy in Thailand counsel.
At Painless , Teo was brought from Thailand in October last 12 months underneath the charges of extradition. He is the sixth particular person involved in large-scale wildlife trafficking who has been sentenced just lately. These sentences are a part of the continuing efforts by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York which includes the extradition of multiple individuals from diverse African international locations.
Wildlife trafficking is a critical threat to the pure resources and the ecological heritage shared by communities throughout the globe, enriching poachers answerable for the mindless illegal slaughter of numerous endangered rhinoceros, declared US Attorney Damian Williams for the Southern District of New York.
Ching belonged to a world crime group. This group was involved within the trafficking and smuggling of rhino horns. The final buyers of these horns were positioned in varied places, together with Manhattan.
In associated information, a raid in May in the Cha-am district, Phetchaburi, led to the discovery of 14 deceased macaques and five extra in misery, locked up without food or water. The provincial wildlife safety space director, Prawet Sunthornthai, led the wildlife conservation team that searched the rented house in Ban Khao Mainual, tambon Khao Yai, after receiving a tip from a neighbour.
The search followed the arrest of six members of a wildlife trafficking gang in the Muang district of Phetchaburi last week.
Local police discovered the gang capturing long-tailed macaques in the foothills of Khao Luang, tambon Thongchai. The officers witnessed four men and two women using tranquilliser darts to catch the monkeys earlier than apprehending them and saving over 10 macaques within the course of.
The authorities additionally seized three autos, eighty tranquilliser darts, a bag of animal feed, and other gadgets from the group, learn more about this information HERE.
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