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Threatened Cat Skin Smugglers Arrested in Chiang Mai

CityNews – Police arrested two smugglers who were peddling illegal cat skins, such as the Asian golden cat and leopard, on social media in Chiang Mai.

The arrests were made on July 10th after a complaint was made to Chiang Mai police that there was a Facebook page selling tiger parts and skins online.

The investigation headed by Central Investigation Bureau division of Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Suppression (NE) and Technology Crime Suppression (TCSD) tracked down the suspects and found that their hideout was in Chiang Mai.

The smugglers were caught red handed in a hotel room in downtown Chiang Mai, in possession of five Asian golden cat skins, two clouded leopard skins and one leopard skin. The skins were smuggled into Thailand along the Mae Sai border and have an estimated black market value of 370,000 baht.

The case is now under the supervision of Phu Ping Ratchaniwet Police Station.