28 Apr '15, 6pm

Five tons of frozen pangolin: Indonesian authorities make massive bust

Frozen, dead Sunda pangolins confiscated by the Indonesian National Police's Criminal Investigation Division in Medan, Sumatra. Photo by: Paul Hilton for WCS. Five tons of frozen pangolin, 77 kilograms (169 pounds) of pangolin scales, and 96 live pangolins: that's the grisly haul of the latest pangolin bust in Indonesia. Officials confiscated the illegal wildlife goods in Medan, Sumatra and busted the smuggler, who has only been identified as SHB. This is the largest pangolin bust in Indonesia since 2008. "This is a major breakthrough, both in terms of the enormous size of the shipment and in terms of the increasing sophistication of collaborative methods used by Indonesian authorities in making the bust," said Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Executive Director for Asia Programs, Joe Walston. WCS assisted in the investigation through its Wildlife Crimes Unit (WCU). O...

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