KOTA TINGGI: The marine police have seized 460 Murai birds worth RM23,000 and detained a 30-year-old man who was transporting the birds to a neighbouring country on Thursday morning.
Marine Police Region 2 deputy commander Supt Shaari Arifin said that the suspect was arrested while carrying all of the birds in 46 baskets via a lorry at around 1230am here.
He said the suspect had failed to present the license to own the birds and the police had seized an engine that is believed to have been stolen.
The case is being investigated under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716).
The suspect as well as all of the seized items were sent to the Johor National Park Department.
Meanwhile in Sungai Rengit, 17 illegal immigrants from Indonesia were arrested in two separate raids for entering the country illegally through Teluk Rumania.
“Investigations showed that all of the suspects were travelling via boats and had failed to present their identification documents upon request,” he said in a statement on Thursday.
He added that all of the suspects were brought to the marine police Kota Tinggi office for further action.Supt Shaari said that the case was being investigated under the Immigration Act 1959/63.