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May132011

Thailand Busts Animal Trafficking Network

Paula Bronstein/Getty Images(BANGKOK) -- Anti-trafficking officers at Bangkok International Airport have hit pay dirt with the discovery of rare baby animals hidden in the suitcases of a man bound for Dubai. They found two leopards in the luggage, a bear in a bag, a pair of panthers and matching monkeys. All were sedated in the various pieces of baggage belonging to a 36-year-old man from the United Arab Emirates.

Agents had tracked the suspect since he was observed purchasing animals on the Thai black market. Authorities believe the individual was part of a larger wildlife trafficking network and a search is now on for accomplices.

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