21 Wild Animals Confiscated During a Raid in Cianjur, West Java

West Java Nature Conservation Agency arrested illegal wildlife dealers in Cianjur regency, West Java. From both dealers, officials rescued 21 wild animals.

Based on information received by detik.com, the sting operation on Wednesday (14/6/2017) afternoon. West Java Nature Conservation Agency received a tip from an informant regarding an illegal trade activity of protected wildlife species on Facebook.

"We are responding to the information we had about the suspects, and we did some follow up to dig deeper on this case for about two weeks," said the Chief of West Java Nature Conservation Agency, Sustyo Iriono along with the release received by detik.com.

Following the initial investigation, West Java Nature Conservation Agency, Law Enforcement Office of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, and the Police of Cianjur went on a joint operation and managed to arrest two suspects, AN (20) and DR (30).

From both suspects, officials confiscated 21 wild animals both protected and not. "From AN we got 5 alive animals, and from DR we got 16 animals," added Sustyo.

Wild animals confiscated from AN including two Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, two Leopard Cats, and a Pangolin. From DR there were 16 animals seized, including a Binturong, seven Civets, a Palm Civet, five Flying Squirrel, an Owl, and a Mongoose.

Sustyo explained that the raid was witnessed by the local authorities where the suspects live. Both suspects are currently being held in custody for questioning.

"After being designated as suspects, AN and DR were brought to Cianjur Police's holding cell before being prosecuted with Law no. 5 of 1990 concerning the Conservation of Living Natural Resource and Its Ecosystem and Government Regulation no.8 of 1999," concluded him. 

Source: https://news.detik.com

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