An Iranian man has been detained at Suvarnabhumi airport after 50 snakes were allegedly found hidden in socks in his suitcase.
Iranian Ghahremani Arash, right, allegedly tried to hide snakes he bought from Chatuchak market in the socks of his luggage, but was foiled by airport customs. SUTHIWIT CHAYUTWORAKAN
Customs prevent 'Snakes on a Plane' scenario
SAMUT PRAKAN : An Iranian man has been detained at Suvarnabhumi airport after 50 snakes were allegedly found hidden in socks in his suitcase.
Ghahremani Arash, 23, is suspected of attempting to smuggle the reptiles out of the country. He was detained around 1.30am yesterday, following a tip-off that his bag probably contained illegal products.
Customs officers at the airport searched his luggage and found various live snakes stuffed in 26 different socks.
He was detained shortly before he was scheduled to board a Mahan Air flight to Iran.
Airport customs office director Eklarp Ratanaruj said his office had received information that the man would attempt to smuggle some illegal products out of Thailand.
Mr Arash admitted buying the reptiles from Chatuchak Market but he did not have documents stating that he had permission to take them out of the country, said Mr Eklarp.
Mr Arash told officers that he bought the snakes to add to his collection.
However, customs authorities said a preliminary check on his passport showed that he is suspected of being part of an animal smuggling gang.
wiggle – to move from side to side or up and down in short quick movements; to make something move in this way กระดิก, เลื้อย
luggage – baggage; all the cases and bags that you take with you when you travel กระเป๋าเดินทาง
allegedly – claimed to have done something wrong, but not yet proven ที่กล่าวหา
foil – to prevent something from succeeding ขัดขวาง สกัดกั้น
Customs (Department) – a government department which checks and collects taxes on goods leaving or entering the country กรมศุลกากร
snakes on a plane – the name of a movie in which snakes were released among passengers on a plane
scenario – a description of possible actions or events in the future การสมมติสภาพที่เลวร้ายที่เป็นไปได้
detained – kept in a place and not allowed to leave กักตัว ควบคุมตัวหรือฝากขัง
suspected – thought to have done something wrong เป็นที่สงสัย
smuggle – to take drugs, animals, money, people, etc. to or from a place secretly and often illegally ลักลอบนำเข้า
reptile – any animal that has cold blood and skin covered in scales, and that lays eggs. Snakes, crocodiles and tortoises are all reptiles สัตว์เลื้อยคลาน
tip-off – secret information or a warning given by someone ข่าวเตือน จากวงใน
illegal – against the law ผิดกฎหมาย
search – to look somewhere carefully in order to find something ค้นหา
stuffed – packed; very full of something แน่น ซึ่งใส่ไว้จนเต็ม
scheduled – planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
board – to get onto a ship, aircraft, train, or bus ขึ้น(เรือ รถเมล์ รถไฟ เครื่องบิน)
admit – to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it ยอมรับ
document – a piece of paper or a set of papers containing official information เอกสาร
permission – allowing someone to do something การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
collection – a group of objects, often of the same sort, that have been collected (gathered together over period of time) การสะสม การเก็บรวบรวม
preliminary – early; not final ขั้นต้น, ขั้นแรก, เบื้องต้น, ชั้นต้น
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