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Man arrested at airport with 97 snakes

Aug. 31, 2010 at 2:44 PM   |   Comments

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Malaysian authorities said a man arrested at an airport had 97 snakes and a turtle concealed in his luggage.

The country's Wildlife and National Parks Department said Anson Wong was arrested Thursday at Kuala Lumpur International Airport after his luggage broke on a conveyer belt, revealing 95 boa constrictors, two rhinoceros vipers and a mata-mata turtle, The (Malaysian) Star reported Tuesday.

Wong, who spent nearly 6 years in a U.S. jail on wildlife trafficking charges, was traveling to Jakarta, Indonesia, authorities said.

Authorities said Wong would be remanded in custody pending further investigation.

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