Pakistan 1, 4 Malawians arrested for Pangolin trafficking
Police in Mangochi are keeping in custody four Malawians and a Pakistan 1, 41 - year - old Allie Mahommed for illegal possession of specimen of listed species contrary to section 110(b) of the 1 Parks and Wildlife Act.
According to Mangochi Police Publicist, Amina Daudi, the four Malawians have been identified as lnnocent Chiuja, 35, Malinga Kaunda, 34, Jailosi Khozomba, 27 and Ishmael Japan, 26.
She said the suspects were arrested on the afternoon of March 4, 2022, at the Pakistan 1's house within Mangochi Township.
Tepani said this material day, Mangochi Police detectives were tipped by members of the community that the said suspects were possessing the listed species (Pangolin) at the said house looking for buyers.
The officers rushed to the house where the suspects were found in the bedroom negotiating the selling price. The officers also found the Pangolin which was hidden in a sack bag.
The suspects claimed to have acquired the live species from Nayuchi in Machinga District.
All suspects will appear before court after completion of paperwork.
Meanwhile, Police wish to thank members of the public for their support in the fight against wildlife crime in the district.
The four Malawian suspects hail from Traditional Authority Kawinga in Machinga.