MET, NamPol make arrests, confiscate elephant tusks in Zambezi

MET, NamPol make arrests, confiscate elephant tusks in Zambezi

The Ministry of Environment & Tourism in joint operations with the Namibian Police made arrests and discoveries over the weekend in the Zambezi Region.
Eleven elephant tusks were found and confiscated at Chotto compound in Katima Mulilo, where one man was arrested and charged with possession and dealing of controlled wildlife products.
At Sacona village, two suspects, a male and a female were apprehended in possession of two live pangolins, both suspects are Namibians, the other two suspects managed to escape, a case was opened for possession and dealing in controlled wildlife products.
In another incident, five pieces of elephants tusks were also discovered and confiscated, one male suspect was apprehended while the other three escaped during a joint operation in the area of Lubuta village. The arrested suspect is a 28-year-old Zambian national.
The Ministry commends the Namibian Police as well as our officials for their hard work and determination in making these significant busts.
The arrests, as well as the confiscation of ivory in the joint operations, is a boost to our anti-poaching efforts.
Those involved in such activities have been warned to stop or risk being caught to face the full wrath of the law with increased fines.
These incidences took place on 2 June 2019.