Custom authorities believe the passenger may have been informed of the vigilance of Bureau of Customs against illegal wildlife trade and its penalties, thus leaving the four (4) X-Rayed luggage unclaimed in the arrival area.
Violators may face imprisonment of one (1) year and one (1) day to two (2) years and a fine of Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00) to Two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000.00).
The turtles found were four species: Star Tortoise, Redfoot Tortoise, Sulcata Tortoise, Red-eared Slider. All are prized as commodities to be sold.
In 2018, the port has turned over a total 560 wildlife and endangered species including the 250 geckos, 254 corals and other reptiles apprehend thru air parcels, baggage and shipments.
Earlier this year, 63 iguanas, chameleon and bearded Dragons were also intercepted by customs authorities.