ALOR SETAR: A total of 141 live pangolins were rescued by police following a raid at a double-storey house in Taman Desa Seraya here.
Police also found a stash of the animal's scales during the raid.
Kota Star district police chief Asst Comm Mohd Rozi Jidin said the raid was conducted about 2pm Tuesday following a tip-off.
"We received information of suspicious activities carried out and we sent a team to the scene to investigate. We had to break open the front door of the house before we found the endangered animals in sacks and boxes," he said.
ACP Mohd Rozi added that the pangolins were handed to the Kedah National Parks and Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) for further action.
Meanwhile, Kedah Perhilitan director Muhammad Ali Che Aman said that they were investigating the case under Section 68 of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010.
He said that, offenders could be fined between RM50,000 and RM100,000, sentenced to a maximum of three years' jail or both if found guilty.