Two suspects aged 32 and 43 were arrested for possession of of endangered species worth R1 million at the Beitbridge bridge border line. They had a pangolin and an elephant tusk.
They appeared before the Musina Magistrate’s Court yesterday, 21 November 2022 on charges of possession of protected Species.
The suspects were arrested on Friday 18 November 2022. They were arrested following a sting joint operation by SAPS members of the Crime Intelligence Unit.
Stock Theft and Endangered Species (STES) Unit, Beitbridge Task team also joined by members of the SANDF and Wildlife centre.
Information was received about individuals who are in possession of protected Species and have just crossed into South Africa from Zimbabwe using a boat.
FOREIGNERS CAUGHT IN POSSESION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES
Thorough investigation, an Operation was also conducted and the suspects were apprehended at about 12:00 along the Western border line at Beitbridge.
One pangolin and an elephant tusk to the estimated street value of R1 million. They were also found concealed inside the backs that they were carrying.
The Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Radebe has hailed the members for the well-coordinated operation.
This is after it resulted in the arrest of the suspects and the continued support of the community in the fight against crime.
Police investigations are still continuing.