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Feds seize 24,000 sea turtle eggs on Oaxaca highway

Salina Cruz, Oaxaca — The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection, in coordination with the Secretary of Public Security of the state of Oaxaca, reports the seizure of 24,000 sea turtle eggs in a traffic filter along the Morro Mazatán-Salina Cruz highway.

In their statement, the federal agency says that within the framework of the second arrival of sea turtles on the beach of Morro Ayuta, they found a truck loaded with 48 black bags of sea turtle eggs. All 24,000 eggs were that of the olive ridley sea turtle, also known as the Pacific ridley sea turtle.

They say that the vehicle, eggs and person driving the truck were made available to the Federal Public Ministry based in Salina Cruz, District of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca for legal processing. They added that the arrested man appears to be a repeat offender for sea turtle egg theft, and is allegedly one of the largest collectors and distributors in the area.