National health and food safety agency ASAE seized 14 specimens of protected species that were being illegally sold for €1,815 in Loulé last weekend.
Among the specimens were three crocodiles of two species, four seahorses, four white corals, a queen shell and two shark ray mandibles.
Copies of allegedly false CITES certificates were also confiscated. CITES is an agreement signed in 1973 to ensure that “international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival”.
A man was named an ‘arguido’ (official suspect).