(File pix) As many as 140 live pangolins caged in a house at Jalan Lencong Barat, Alor Star rescued by the authorities yesterday. Pix by Zuliaty Zulkifli

ALOR STAR: A total of 140 live pangolins were rescued following a police raid at a house in Taman Desa Seraya, Jalan Lencong Barat here, yesterday.

Kota Star district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Rozi Jidin said the raid was made about 2pm following a tip off.

“We received information of suspicious activities at the location and sent a team to investigate.

“We had to break open the front door of the house before we found the endangered animals in sacks and boxes,” he told a press conference this morning.

He said also found were scales, empty sacks and boxes.

Rozi said the pangolins were handed to the Kedah National Parks and Wildlife Department (Perhilitan) for further action.

Kedah Perhilitan director Muhammad Ali Che Aman, when contacted, said the department is investigating the case under Section 68 of the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010.

He said guilty parties could be fined not less than RM50,000 and not more than RM100,000 or up to three years’ jail, or both.