Authorities at the Bankok Airport seized suitcases filled with three species of critically endangered tortioses the day after an international wildlife trade show. According to the Non-profit group TRAFFIC, "In the last three years alone (2010–2012), Thai authorities have seized more than 4300 tortoises and freshwater turtles". Indian authorities have also made similar arrests.
In the latest seizure, a Thai man was caught with 54 Ploughshare Tortoises, Astrochelys yniphora, or 13% of the species populaiton in the wild. He was also busted with 21 Radiated Tortoises, Astrochelys radiata, also a critically endangered species form Madagascar. He faces 4 years in prison and up to $1300 in fines under Thai law.