This was a result of the alertness of the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation members. With the assistance of Hoedspruit Farm Watch. Crime Intelligence, National Security and C-Dass.
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Members of the Hawks were alerted about a vehicle with two occupants. It was allegedly enroute to Gravelotte to poach Rhinos. They were immediately responded.
The suspicious vehicle with two occupants was spotted on the R521 road and it was stopped. Upon searching the vehicle, an unlicensed 308 hunting rifles. As well as 14 ammunition wrapped in a plastic bag were found hidden in the compartment of the engine and they were seized.
POSSESSION OF HUNTING RIFLE
Both suspects were placed under arrest and they are expected to appear in the Hoedspruit Magistrate’s court on Monday, 4 April 2023 for possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.