People.com Lifestyle Pets Suitcase Filled with 185 Live Baby Tortoises Wrapped in Plastic Discovered at Galápagos Airport Officials discovered the reptiles after x-ray machines detected irregularities in a red suitcase, which had previously been said to be carrying souvenirs. By Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography, he got his professional start at OUT Magazine, The Advocate and Teen Vogue, and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year. People Editorial Guidelines Updated on March 30, 2021 02:06 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Ministry of Environment and Water of Ecuador/Twitter Nearly 200 baby giant tortoises were intercepted Sunday during an apparent smuggling attempt at an airport in the Galápagos Islands. Staff at Seymour Airport on the island of Baltra discovered 185 baby tortoises, 10 of which were dead, wrapped in plastic inside a red suitcase. According to USA Today, X-ray machines detected irregularities in the suitcase, which had previously been said to be carrying souvenirs, leading to the discovery. Airport officials are waiting for national and environmental police to conduct their investigations, so no charges have been filed as of Monday in connection with the suitcase. The people who checked the suitcase, which was headed for the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil, were held for questioning. Animal Lovers Team Up to Save 100 Puppy Mill Dogs from Live 'Without the Joys of Being Loved' The AFP reported that an Ecuadorian policeman was arrested after airport officials found the tortoises in the luggage. Getty Ecuador's Environment Minister Marcelo Mata said in a statement on Twitter that he rejects "these crimes against wildlife and the natural heritage of Ecuadorians." He also noted that the hatchlings were taken from the wild and that the surviving reptiles are currently undergoing veterinary review. RELATED VIDEO: Tiger King's Doc Antle Indicted on Wildlife Trafficking Charges According to the BBC, smuggling any animal from the Galápagos Islands can result in a one to three years prison sentence.