Thailand Arrests for Extradition to U.S. Alleged Major Wildlife Trafficking Suspect

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Friday, July 8, 2022
Bruce Zagaris

On June 29, 2022, Thai law enforcement authorities arrested a Malaysian national wanted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (US FWS) for allegedly trading in elephant tusks and rhinoceros’ horns.  Thai officials arrested Teo Boon Ching, 58, called by the US FWS as “the Godfather” as a result of his alleged global network of wildlife trading.  Thai authorities also obtained an arrest warrant by the Criminal Court on June 29, 2022 for trading in wildlife and money laundering.[1]

[1]    Wassayos Ngamkham, Arrested Malaysian warranted for worldwide wildlife trafficking, Bangkok Post, June 30, 2022.