More than 400 protected finches were smuggled into the country from Sicily by an Italian man on board the Virtù Ferries catamaran
He attempted to smuggle the birds in vegetable crates stacked on top of each other in his car but was arrested on arrival.
The birds had been kept in quarantine as court evidence.
- Date of seizure: March 18, 2015
- Numbers of seized birds: 400
- Country: Malta
- Species: Finches