Indonesian trio arrested in Ops Khazanah

Marine police with the three Indonesian men who were arrested.

SARATOK: Three Indonesian men were arrested for allegedly keeping a number of wildlife as well as possessing capturing equipment and two rifles in an operations last Saturday (Aug 7).

Marine police showing the rifles found inside the house at the Ulu Awik rubber plantation area.

The operations, codenamed ‘Ops Khazanah’, was conducted by Sibu and Sarikei Marine Police together with Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC).

It took place at a house in the Ulu Awik rubber plantation area.

Acting on information and surveillance, the teams raided the house and found a number of wildlife, capturing equipment and two rifles with ammunition.

Sarawak Marine Police Region 5 commander ACP Zulfikar Mohd Ghazali who confirmed the case, said the three men had failed to produce any identification documents to the team during inspections.

“As a result, the suspects had committed offences under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 (for keeping wildlife), Arms Act 1960 (for possessing weapons without licence) and the Immigration Act 1959 (for not having identification documents).

“The items and the suspects, seized/detained under the Arms Act and the Immigration Act, were handed over to Saratok Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for further action,” he said.

Meanwhile, the seizures under the Wildlife Conservation Act, were handed over to SFC for further investigation.

Seizures under the Wildlife Conservation Act 2010 were loaded onto a truck for further investigation.