# Authorities say a criminal syndicate that planned to illegally export hundreds of native lizards from Australia to Hong Kong has been dismantled. According to New South Wales police the reptiles had an estimated market value of more than 15-million-rand. Three men and a woman were arrested in Sydney and charged with offences including the export of native reptiles, dealing with the proceeds of crime and participating in a criminal group. Some 257 lizards and three snakes were seized by police after allegedly being kept in poor conditions. They have been treated and returned to the wild.
Hundreds of lizards seized in Australia police bust