Three held for smuggling pangolins

SHAH ALAM: An enforcement team from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) detained three men for smuggling pangolins at a house in Bandar Pinggiran Subang.

In a statement, Perhilitan director-general Datuk Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim said the trio were transferring 57 pangolins from their car to the house when Perhilitan personnel raided the place.

“The suspects did not have a permit to keep the wildlife,” Abdul Kadir said.

It was believed that the pangolins were poached from Johor, Melaka and Negri Sembilan, with Selangor as a transit point before being taken to neighbouring countries.

The pangolins were smuggled in a car equipped with air-conditioning in the boot to ensure the animals survive.

The men were taken to the Kampung Baru Subang police station. They will be investigated under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010.