RATTY Rusuvero Tjaveondja and Theopaldt Uaetuiihe were arrested while attempting to sell 100 pieces of elephant ivory to undercover detectives in Katutura.
The arrest of the two men was the result of sustained operations by combined law enforcement team battling wildlife crime in Namibia.
The pieces of ivory comes from two or three elephant tusks of which the origin still has to be determined by the investigative team.
Both suspects appeared in court and were remanded in custody.
Country wide operations by the Intelligence and Investigation Unit,
Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Protected Resources Division of the Namibian Police, the Namibian Defence Force and the joint crime combating force participating in Operation Kalahari Desert, saw the arrest of nine other suspects that were all caught with pangolins, both dead or alive, and dried pangolin skins in their possession.
Edward Shitarara was arrested by the joint task force of Operation Kalahari Desert and appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court. He was caught in possession of a dead pangolin and the skin of another.
The Protected Resources Division of Nampol arrested Makazi Paulinus Rigen, Kambinda Petrus Hausiku and Matamu Andreas at the beginning of this month when they were found with a pangolins skin in their possession. The suspects appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court.
Two men appeared in the Grootfontein Magistrate’s Court after they were arrested while in possession of a pangolin skin. Polmlman Urbanys Naibeb, also known as Scara, and Petriek Awaseb were arrested because of a pangolin skin that was found in their possession.
Another pangolin smuggler, Hausiku Tjondawas taken into custody after members of the PRD found him in possession of a dead pangolin and the dried skin of another one of the animals in his possession. Tjondo made his first appearance in the Ndiyona Magistrate’s Court.