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On January 5, 2017, Director of Division Cooperation on Natural Resources led his staffs in working together with Wildlife Conservation Office, and Royal Thai Police from Crime Investigation Division (Provincial Police Region 1) and Lum Luk Ka Police Station in arresting 1 suspect and seizing contrabands. The seized articles are as follows:

(1) 9 Asian black bear skulls

(2) 19 Asian black bear jaws

(3) 2 Asian black bear bone fragments

(4) 1 taxidermied Malayan giant squirrel

(5) 2 taxidermied bull horns

(6) 2 deer antlers with skull caps

(7) 1 Eld’s deer antlers with skull cap

(8) 3 Muntjac antlers with skull caps

The case and seized articles were taken to investigation officials of Lum Luk Ka Police Station for further legal actions.

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On January 3, 2017, Chong Mek Wildlife Checkpoint, Ubon Ratchathani province (Thai-Lao border), operated together with 2601st Ranger Division, Suranaree Task Force (Second Army of the Royal Thai Army), and Chong Mek Customs in arresting Mr. Sukrit Kittisarakul on the charges of section 19 and section 23 of the Wild Animal Reservation And Protection Act, BE 2535 (1992) for illegally possessing and transporting an endangered species into Thailand. He is also charged of violating section 27 of the Customs Act, BE 2469 (1926) for illegally importing prohibited goods into the country. The case was sent to Chong Mek Investigation Officers at Chong Mek Police Station for further legal actions while the seized wildlife was sent to Chulaphorn Wildlife Captive Breeding Center in Sisaket Province for care and safekeeping.

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On December 27, 2016, Chong Chom Wildlife Checkpoint cooperated with enforcement officials at Chong Chom Border Checkpoint (Thai-Cambodia border) in Surin Province. Twenty-two members from Huaituptun – Huaisamrun Wildlife Sanctuary (Department of National Parks , Wildlife and Plant Conservation), Surin Fish Quarantine Unit (Department of Fisheries), Forest Preservation and Protection Division SR. 4 (Royal Forest Department), Local Provincial Administration , Volunteer Defense Corps 6 from Kap Choeng District (Surin Province), and police officers from Surin Provincial Police Special Operations Units, got together for the regular inspection at “Chong Chom Market” which is located near the border. The routine inspection encompassed the entirety of the market, inspecting two woodwork shops and eleven souvenir stores. The enforcement operation also included the strict inspection of personnel and vehicles travelling across the borders for illegal wildlife. No signs of irregularities or wrongdoings were found.

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On December 31, 2016, an arrest was made on Mr. Siwon Philavong, a Laotian, on the charges of unauthorized transportation as the remains of 10 Red-bellied Squirrels and 10 Gray-bellied Squirrels were found in his possession. The arrest was made in cooperation by Mukdahan Wildlife Checkpoint, Rangers (Thahan Phran), Immigration Bureau, Customs, and Border Patrol Police (Thai-Lao). The case was sent to Investigation Officers at Mukdahan Police Station for further legal actions.

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Kanchanaburi Wildlife Checkpoint works rigorously into the New Year as officials continued their inspection and public relation duties at Thai-Myanmar borders checkpoints in Kanchanaburi province: Three Pagodas Pass in Sangkhla Buri district on December 31, 2016 , Phuthakaya Pagoda on January 1, 2017 and Phu Nam Ron Border Checkpoint on January 2, 2017.The enforcement operation included the strict inspection of personnel and vehicles travelling across the borders for illegal wildlife. These activities also involved informing the public to better understand about ivory and asking for cooperation from tourists, shops, and locals in refraining from dealing in ivory and ivory-related goods in all shapes and form. The campaign also dissuades people in taking ivory out of Thailand.

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