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Two other people were sentenced to terms of up to five years in prison and fines to be paid for their involvement in the illegal sale.

A Chinese wild animal smuggler has been sentenced to 12 years and 7 months in prison and fined 150,000 yuan (more than $ 21,000) for transporting 107 endangered turtles for illegal sale in a refrigerated truck.

The subject, whose last name is known only, Shen, was detained by the Police in 2018 after officers seized the frozen animals in his truck parked in a forest near the city of Zhoushan, Zhejiang province, in the east. from China, reports Daily Mail.

Despite the crime taking place in 2018, the court’s verdict was announced Tuesday this week by a local court in Zhejiang, at a time when it is trying to “raise public awareness of environmental protection and security for public health. “

Sea turtles are recognized as protected wild animals under Chinese law.

Along with Shen, two other people involved in the sale of protected animals were arrested. These are Jiang — sentenced to 5 years and 8 months in prison and a fine of more than $ 5,600 — and Liu — sentenced to one year and two months in prison and a fine of almost $ 3,000.