Man tries to smuggle 10 snakes in trousers

JAKARTA • The Indonesian authorities have detained a man who was allegedly trying to smuggle snakes out of the country on Saturday by stuffing 10 of the baby reptiles in his trousers.

He was due to board a Jeddah-bound flight at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport here.

Local media quoted Garuda Indonesia corporate communications vice-president Benny Sigar Butarbutar as saying that the passenger, identified as Koufiah Jihad Zaki, was arrested after he had gone through a security check before boarding the plane.

The snakes were placed in several black cloth bags in his trousers.

"He was caught quickly while passing through X-ray at the entrance to the airport," Mr Benny told Kompas newspaper on Sunday.

Koufah Jihad Zaki was detained by the authorities for attempting to smuggle 10 baby snakes onto an airplane by placing them in black cloth bags and stuffing them down his trousers.
Koufah Jihad Zaki was detained by the authorities for attempting to smuggle 10 baby snakes onto an airplane by placing them in black cloth bags and stuffing them down his trousers. PHOTO: SOEKARNO-HATTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT POLICE

Mr Benny said snakes cannot be legally taken into a plane's passenger cabin. They could only be transported as cargo under very specific conditions.

There was no information about the snake smuggler's motive for hiding the reptiles in his pants or what kind of criminal charges he might face, media reports say.

There was also no information on where he got the reptiles from.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 19, 2016, with the headline 'Man tries to smuggle 10 snakes in trousers'. Print Edition | Subscribe