Smugglers caught at immigration checkpoint with birds stuffed into toothpaste boxes
Three people were caught smuggling popular songbirds into Singapore and one was nabbed trying to hawk wildlife illegally, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said on Tuesday.
In September, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority caught the smugglers trying to sneak six oriental white-eyes, or mata puteh, into the country, hidden in toothpaste boxes.
Earlier in June, the AVA acted on a tip-off to seize two hedgehogs and two sugar gliders - small squirrel-like mammals - from a person who was selling them online.
They were charged and sentenced on November 26. The smugglers were fined $6,000 each while the wildlife seller was given the maximum fine of $1,000 per animal or bird.