Live animals and insects were among the discoveries made by Customs officials in their work against contraband, in a vehicle which had just arrived from Sicily.
Maltese customs said that the discovery consisted of six turtles, a frog, two exotic spiders and a box full of insects found in glass bottles and boxes. The live animals were all handed over to the Environment and Resources Authority for further investigation.
Meanwhile at the airport, a passenger who arrived in Malta on a flight from Amsterdam last night, was found to be carrying containers of marijuana and a number of packets containing drugs.
The case was passed on to the Anti-Drug squad for further investigation. Customs also passed on to the Police a postcard which arrived by post and which contained an illegal substance.
These discoveries were made on what have been described as a busy few days by Customs in which a team against money-laundering, in seven different cases, intercepted more than €85,000 in undeclared cash, both at the airport as well as on those passengers who had arrived in Malta by sea. Since the setting up of the anti money-laundering unit in the last part of 2018, more than 1.7 thousand Euro in undeclared cash have been seized.