[PCA] Operation Thunderstorm: Wildlife crime: Largest ever global seizures of smuggled plants and animals

De Angelis, Patricia patricia_deangelis at fws.gov
Wed Jun 20 08:40:50 CDT 2018

 These press releases about a worldwide effort to thwart illegal trade in
animals and plants are eye-opening. They show that the global problem of
smuggling is going on in our own back yards too:

An international operation against the illegal trade in wildlife and timber
has seen hundreds of seizures worldwide as well as suspects arrested. Codenamed
Thunderstorm and targeting the people and networks behind global wildlife
crime, the operation involved police, customs, border, environment,
wildlife and forestry agencies from 92 countries and resulted in millions
of dollars-worth of seizures.

CITES Press Release
Largest ever global operation results in 1,974 seizures and the
identification of 1,400 suspects
*INTERPOL Press Release
<https://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/News/2018/N2018-058>*: Wildlife
crime: global seizures and arrests in transcontinental operation
INTERPOL Photos <https://www.flickr.com/photos/cites/sets/72157695022656352>
from the operation

Patricia S. De Angelis, Ph.D.
Botanist, Division of Scientific Authority
US Fish & Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: IA
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
703-358-1708 x 1753
703-358-2276 (FAX)

Let’s put the right seed, in the right place, at the right time!
-National Seed Strategy
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