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Authorities find 300 stolen sea turtle eggs on bus passenger after anonymous report

Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas — An anonymous report in Chiapas lead police to the discovery of 300 sea turtle eggs. The Federal Ministerial Police (PFM) in Chiapas were tipped off when they were told of a bus passenger who had the eggs in his luggage.

Elements of the Policía Federal Ministerial (PFM) located the bus along the Federal Highway. The passenger bus was stopped along a section of Tapanatepec – Arriaga highway and inspected.

Before the bus driver was allowed to leave, the PFM arrested Julio “S” after finding 300 sea turtle eggs in a bag he was carrying. After the arrest, the turtle eggs were transferred to the Tortuga Marina Camp in Puerto Arista, based in Tonalá where they could hatch.

On September 12, FGR prosecutors of Oaxaca were successful after a man found in possession of more than 17,000 sea turtle eggs was sentenced to jail time. According to a statement from the Public Ministry of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) in Oaxaca, the unidentified man was sentenced to three years and four months in prison. He was also fined 25,347 peso.

He arrest came after he was stopped by the National Guard along an Oaxaca highway and authorities located 38 bags that totaled 17,640 sea turtle eggs. It is a federal crime to steal and/or transport sea turtle eggs in Mexico.