In the luggage of a Ukrainian citizen entering Poland, skins of a protected python were found. The man was not allowed to transport them. According to officials, the skins were up to four meters long.
The smuggling was revealed during the inspection of a bus entering Poland through the border crossing in Medyka (Podkarpacie). Six python skins were found in the luggage of a 37-year-old Ukrainian. Edyta Chabowska, a spokeswoman for the Tax Administration Chamber in Rzeszów, informed about the case
Reticulated python is an endangered species protected by the Washington CITES Convention. According to this convention, not only live animals and plants are protected, but also their parts or products made of them. For their legal transport across the border, you need an appropriate permit.
The penalty for smuggling
As Chabowska emphasized, due to the man’s breach of the provisions of the Nature Conservation Act, officers of the National Revenue Administration kept the detected skins for further proceedings. – One thousand zlotys have been secured for the penalty threatening the Ukrainian – she emphasized.
A spokeswoman for the IAS in Rzeszów recalled that illegal transport across the EU border as well as intra-Community trade in specimens of endangered species is a crime punishable by imprisonment from 3 months to 5 years.
Last year, KAS officers in the province. Podkarpackie prevented the smuggling of over 15 thousand. pcs and 125 kg of plants and animals endangered with extinction or objects made of them, and e.g. traditional Asian medicine supplements.
Main photo source: Chamber of Tax Administration in Rzeszów