Malaysian police crack turtle egg smuggling racket

Mon Nov 3, 2008 4:15am EST
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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters Life!) - Malaysian police have broken what they said was the biggest ever case of turtle egg smuggling with the seizure of 10,000 eggs being brought from the Philippines.

The marine police intercepted the smugglers on a beach on the state of Sabah in eastern Malaysia as they unloaded the eggs, worth 28,000 ringgit ($7,959), according to state news agency Bernama.

The smugglers escaped but left behind 20 sacks of eggs.

In Malaysia, turtle eggs are often eaten raw and are said to boost male virility.

(Reporting by David Chance; Editing by David Fox)