KANGAR (Bernama): The Malaysian Border Security Agency (Aksem) in Perlis confiscated a sackful of over 150 cobras found near the Malaysia-Thailand border.
Perlis Aksem commander DSP Rodzi Abu Hassan, said the blue bag with the snakes was found around 6pm by a team of Aksem Padang Besar detectives after receiving information from public.
The sack containing 154 monocled cobras (naja kaouthia), was found in the bushes in Kampung Kolam, Padang Besar, some 100m from the border fence.
Aksem believes the snakes were en route to Thailand and were left near the fence by a smuggling syndicate led by a local.
"They would wait for the right time. We believe they would have tossed it over the fence to avoid detection by authorities," said Rodzi.
He said the snakes, worth an estimated RM30,800, were handed over to the Wildlife and National Parks Department and that the case will be investigated under Section 60 of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) for illegal possession of a wild animal.