Police seize 80 ‘illegally imported’ alligator heads due to be sold on eBay
A stash of 80 “illegally imported” alligator heads set to be sold on eBay have been seized by police.
Officers believe the reptile heads were being flogged on the auction site to buyers around the world.
The seller is thought to have been making a “large profit” on them, Birmingham Live reports.
West Midlands Police raided a property in Perry Barr, Birmingham on Thursday after receiving a tip-off.
The force added it believes the suspect has been illegally importing the animal heads for “some time”, with boxes “arriving every few months”.
A 44-year-old has been voluntarily interviewed after the discovery.
A spokesman for the police force said: "We’ve seized 80 alligator heads from a house in Perry Barr this morning.
“Not your normal find for us when conducting a warrant but it’s all in a day’s work for the National Wildlife Crime Unit and our wildlife crime officer volunteers.
"We received information that the heads were being imported from abroad illegally and sold on through eBay to buyers all around the world at a large profit to the seller.
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"We carried out a joint investigation with the NWCU, culminating in today’s warrant.
"We believe that the suspect has been illegally importing the heads for some time, as numerous boxes have been arriving every few months.
"The warrant was conducted under the Control of Trade of Endangered Species Act and a 44-year-old man has been voluntarily interviewed.”
The National Wildlife Crime Unit tweeted: “Shockingly, our team have seized 80 Alligator Heads.
“A suspect has been interviewed for these offences.”
The Daily Star has approached eBay for comment.
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