Sniff out trafficker

Some of the dead lizards and skinks intercepted by officers from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources officers.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | September 5th, 2018

A PETERSHAM man has escaped jail and been placed on a good behaviour bond after being found guilty of four charges related to wildlife smuggling.
Neil Andrew Simpson, 55, was sentenced on Friday in the Sydney District Court in relation to an attempt to smuggle a dozen native skinks packed in coffee cups to an address in Korea.
Officers from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources intercepted the package using a sniffer dog, however several of the 12 native pygmy spiny-tailed skinks inside were dead.
Mr Simpson was also found mailing packages containing shingleback lizards wrapped in a towel inside black plastic, and importing Green tree pythons, Emerald tree monitors, Spotted tree monitors and Mangrove monitors from Indonesia, all of which are listed on Appendix II of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Found guilty of exporting and importing regulated live animals listed under CITES, he was sentenced to a total of 23 months in imprisonment but the judge suspended the jail time immediately on condition that he remain of good behaviour with a $2,000 bond for each offence.

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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: news | Author: Kim Palmer | Story ID: 140027 | Viewcount: 292