Malaysia's Sabah implicated in 40 tons of pangolin smuggling

World | 12 Feb 2019 1:29 pm

After they seized 30 tons of pangolin and pangolin products in Malaysia's state of Sabah,

the police chief of the state, Omar Mammah said in a statement that initial investigations showed the facility has operated for seven years and that the suspect had bought the pangolins from local illegal hunters for distribution locally and to the neighboring state of Sarawak.

He estimated the haul to be worth at least 8.4 million ringgit (US$2 million).

Traffic said whole pangolin bodies found frozen and boxed were likely to have been sold for meat consumption.

"Including this bust, Sabah has been implicated in over 40 tons of pangolin smuggling since August 2017, including 13 tons of African pangolin scales,'' it said.

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