Poaching syndicate busted in Gua Musang

By: Zaki Salleh

KUALA LUMPUR – A rifle along with 28 bullets believed to be used in illegal hunting activities were confiscated by the police in an operation.

A bag of black guns and a license book to own weapons and ammunition were also confiscated.

It follows the successful busting of a wildlife poaching syndicate around Gua Musang, Kelantan with the arrest of three local men.

The three arrested were aged 34 to 42, while the gun owner, a 65-year-old man, was arrested separately on February 27 and the case is still under investigation.

PDRM Secretary, Datuk Noorsiah Mohd Saadudin in a statement informed that the raid on February 23 was the result of intelligence information.

“The activity was successfully disabled based on intelligence and information related to poaching activities, through a series of Khazanah Integrated Operations (OBK).

“As a result of the raid, the police managed to confiscate two parts of a Malayan tiger without a head and skin as well as three mobile phones of various brands amounting to more than RM303,000,” he said in the statement.

He also informed that the investigation was carried out by the Wildlife Department under Section 68 of the Life Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716).

The two suspects pleaded guilty when accused in the Gua Musang section court, Kelantan on March 2.

The court sentenced him to 10 months in prison and a fine of RM450,000 and an additional 12 months in prison if he fails to pay the fine.

The third suspect pleaded not guilty and was bailed at RM30,000 while the case was set for re-mention on April 10.

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