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Two more ivory smugglers arrested in Walvis Bay

Two more ivory smugglers arrested in Walvis Bay

Niël Terblanché

TWO suspects were arrested on charges of possession and trade in protected wildlife products after the men attempted to sell a single elephant tusk and dried pangolin skin to undercover detectives.
According to the incident report provided by the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the suspects aged 25 and 26 were arrested at the Standard Bank Business Centre in Nangolo Mbumba Drive on Friday evening at around 21:00.
The value of the elephant tusk and the pangolin skin still has to be determined.

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Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu said the arrest of the two suspects on Friday is separate from the case where three men from Walvis Bay were arrested during a sting operation at the Gracemere Flats during the previous weekend.
In this regard Dirk Vermeulen and Edgar Clark were arrested last Saturday and their co-accused Mike Lusse was arrested on Monday.
All three the suspects were remanded in custody until 19 September after making their first appearance on charges of possession and trade in protected wild life products.
The two suspects that were arrested on Friday evening also face charges of contravening Section 4 (1) (a) & (b) of the Controlled Wildlife Products and Trade Act, Act 9/2008 as amended by Act 6/2017 (667) and is scheduled to appear in the Walvis Bay Magistrate’s Court later this morning.

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