Mexico nabs suspects with 10,000 sea turtle eggs

Green Goblin, a green sea turtle that had been injured by a fish hook, makes its way into the water near 31st Street on the oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Va. on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Three turtles, two Kemp's ridleys and one green sea turtle, which had been injured by fish hooks, were rehabilitated and released into the ocean by the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Stranding Response Team. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley) MAGS OUT
Green Goblin, a green sea turtle that had been injured by a fish hook, makes its way into the water near 31st Street on the oceanfront in Virginia Beach, Va. on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Three turtles, two Kemp's ridleys and one green sea turtle, which had been injured by fish hooks, were rehabilitated and released into the ocean by the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Stranding Response Team. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley) MAGS OUT

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Environmental prosecutors in Mexico say three suspects have been detained in the southern Pacific coast state of Oaxaca with more than 10,000 illegally harvested eggs from protected sea turtles.

The Attorney General for Environmental Protection says in a statement Thursday that police found two women and a man with 10,375 olive ridley turtle eggs during a passenger bus inspection in the town of Santo Domingo Tehuantepec.

The suspects told authorities they were traveling to the coastal city of Salina Cruz.

Olive ridley turtles nest on the Mexican coast and are protected under the country’s law. Conviction for harvesting their eggs is punishable by prison terms of one to nine years.

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