(Pics by Damith Wickramasinghe)

A 38-year-old resident of Negombo was arrested by Customs officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport on Friday morning while trying to board a flight to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia with 124 tortoises concealed in his possession.

Customs officials said the man was caught with the tortoises concealed in his baggage. He is being questioned further by Customs officials. The tortoises, meanwhile, have been sent to the National Zoological Gardens in Dehiwala.

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