Two arrested after being found in possession of pangolin

Two people were arrested in Mokopane on Wednesday after being found in possession of an endangered species, according to the Limpopo police, reported by News24.

The two, aged 28 and 31, were found in possession of a pangolin after members of the Provincial Crime Intelligence and Endangered Species Units conducted a tactical joint operation following a tip-off, according to Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo.

Mojapelo said information was received that the suspects were driving in a white Mercedes-Benz and were carrying a pangolin. At about 14:50, the vehicle was spotted in the Mokopane CBD and stopped.

The endangered species was found in the vehicle and the two were arrested and their vehicle confiscated.

They are expected to appear in the Mokopane Magistrate’s Court soon on a charge of the possession of an endangered species.