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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28, 2015:

The Wildlife and Natural Parks Department (Perhilitan) today announced the arrest of three Indian nationals suspected of wildlife trafficking.

The arrest was made by the department’s Wildlife Crime Unit (WCU) following a week-long monitoring in an operation dubbed “Ops Geng Rajja”.

The three suspects, two men and a woman, were nabbed on Aug 26 at 4pm in Pudu Sentral and a budget hotel in Jalan Pudu.

The team also made a major seizure of skins, nails, tooth and various body parts from tigers and other animals.

The suspects are believed to be the most active traffickers in Kuala Lumpur in terms of quantity.

Perhilitan enforcement director Abdul Kadir Abu Hashim said the three are being held in remand four days pending investigation under Section 68 and 87 of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (Act 716) which carry a maximum punishment of RM500,000 or a jail term no longer than 5 years.

“Perhilitan will not tolerate any wildlife trafficking, and we hope the arrests will serve as a clear warning to other potential traders.

“We will continue to work hard in our investigations to unravel any poaching and illegal trade of wildlife.

“Perhilitan is also ready to respond to any information from the public related to wildlife trafficking to protect animals from illegal exploitation in the country,” he told reporters at a press conference today.

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