3,000 turtle eggs smuggled into Sabah seized

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Caught within the act: The suspect is seen with baggage of turtle eggs within the waters off Sandakan. The Star / Asia Information Community

KOTA KINABALU – Some 3,000 endangered turtle eggs had been seized by a border police patrol from a boatman making an attempt to slide into the waters of Sandakan on the east coast of Sabah.

Sandakan Normal Operations Forces (GOF) Battalion 15 commander Superintendent Toipi Lamat mentioned the 31-year-old suspect was arrested after his boat was intercepted within the waters off Nunuyan Darat at round 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

He mentioned they believed the suspect tried to sneak in in the course of the terawih prayer time as a result of he believed the safety forces wouldn’t be on patrol.

He added {that a} GOF Tiger Platoon group led by Inspector Mohammad Halil Husairy Hussain was patrolling underneath Ops Benteng within the space once they noticed a quick pump boat heading for Kampung Nunuyan Darat.

The boatman accelerated however the group managed to intercept the boat after a short chase, Superintendent Toipi mentioned.

He added that the suspect was unable to offer identification and that they believed he was from the southern Philippines.

Whereas inspecting the boat, the GOF group discovered six baggage stuffed with turtle eggs. Every bag contained about 500 such eggs.

“The suspect was seen throwing objects into the ocean, which in our opinion had been extra eggs,” mentioned Superintendent Toipi.

Investigations point out that the suspect was smuggling turtle eggs from Taganak Island within the southern Philippines and heading to Sandakan Market.

Police will flip the investigation over to the Division of Wildlife for additional motion whereas the suspect is returned to the Immigration Division.

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