On April 24, 2017, Officers of Suvarnabhumi Airport Wildlife Checkpoint reported an arrest on a Filipino suspect. The 55 years old Danilo Alano Trinidad was in midst of illegally transporting 5 Marmosets Monkeys, a rabbits of unspecified breed, and an African Tortoise. The suspect is under charges of “Exporting government-protected wildlife with permission and transporting banned product out of the kingdom without going through proper custom channels”. The following is considered to be a transgression of Act 27, 16, and 17 of Customs Act, Act 23 and 24 of the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act, and lastly Act 31 of the Animal Epidemic Act.
The arrest was made in early afternoon of April 24, 2017 at the Suvarnabhumi Airport building. According to airport security staffs, they were inspecting records of passenger’s baggage when they found what seemed to be a tortoise inside one bag. The suspect was departing for Manila on the Thai Airways plane fight. They notified related task force of their discovery and asked for the assistance of Thai Airways in tracking down the owner of the baggage. They managed to track down the suspect as he was boarding the flight and upon stopping him for inspection, they managed to confirm the existence of the tortoise in the bag. The officers in charge of arrest then swept the nearby vicinity for further clues when they found the baby monkeys and rabbit hidden away in a bathroom nearby the flight departure gate. Officers hypostasized that the animals were left for the suspect to collect at a more convenient time when securities were more lax before the flight departed for Manila. The animals were taken under the care of the airport officers as evidence for further legal actions by the Suvarnabhumi Airport Wildlife Checkpoint officers.