Crime & Courts

Police seize over RM 21 million in wildlife smuggling operation, arrest 15 individuals

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have successfully seized RM21,917,449 and apprehended 15 individuals in an operation led by the Wildlife Crime Bureau/Special Investigation Unit.

In their official statement, authorities revealed that the operation specifically targeted wildlife smuggling and various other crimes, including the trafficking of counterfeit medicines and the illegal use of subsidised diesel.

Offences listed in this operation fall under a range of legal violations including the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010, with a seizure value of RM116,000, Supplies Control Act 1961, with a substantial seizure value of RM6,601,449, and Section 11 of the Food Act 1983, with a seizure value of RM13,200,000.

Meanwhile, under the National Forestry Act (Adoption) Enactment, a seizure worth RM1,500,000 was made, and the Regulation 7(1)a of the Control of Drugs and Cosmetics Regulations 1984 along with Section 13(a) of the Poison Act 1952, accounted for a seizure value of RM500,000.

Highlighting their commitment, the Wildlife Crime Bureau/Special Investigation Unit is dedicated to executing the outlined vision and mission.

They plan to sustain momentum by engaging in collaborative operations with other enforcement agencies to effectively curb and combat criminal activities.

The public is encouraged to actively cooperate by providing information to authorities, contributing to the comprehensive eradication of such criminal endeavours.

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