Thai authorities say they have seized nearly 3,000 rare animals in the biggest wildlife trafficking bust reported in the Southeast Asian nation this year.
Customs Department Director-General Prasong Poontaneat says officials stopped a truck Tuesday night in the southern province of Prachuap Khiri Khan and confiscated 2,721 monitor lizards, 717 turtles, 44 civets and 20 snakes.
The animals are protected by a convention on international trade in endangered species of which Thailand is a member.
Prasong says the truck's driver was also detained.
Prasong told reporters Wednesday that the animals were worth more than four million Thai baht ($130,000) and were being trafficked through the region.