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Woman seized by feds after tip leads police to 2,000 stolen sea turtle eggs

Arriaga, Chiapas — The Attorney General’s Office in Chiapas have begun an investigation against a woman after she was found transporting 2,000 sea turtle eggs.

La Fiscalía General de la República (FGR) in Chiapas reports the woman was found with bags of Olive ridley sea turtle eggs, which is a federal crime.

According to their report, authorities were tipped off by an anonymous complaint that warned of a person carrying turtle eggs. Due to the tip, elements of the Federal Ministerial Police positioned themselves along the Arriaga Tapanatepec federal highway where they stopped a passenger bus for inspection.

While inspecting bus baggage, police noticed a female passenger who matched the description provided in the anonymous tip. They proceeded to arrest Areli N. In the luggage compartment, police found four large bags of sea turtle eggs.

The woman was taken into custody and held for federal authorities, while the turtle eggs were transferred to the Tortuguero Camp in Puerto Arista based in Tonalá, Chiapas.

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