3 Poachers Arrested As Rhino Horns Seized

South African cops have arrested three suspected poachers after finding these rhino horns hidden in a toilet at their home.

The discovery was made after a raid on the home of the suspected poachers in Clau-Clau in eastern South Africa’s Mpumalanga province.

Hangwani Mulaudzi, a spokesperson for the Hawks, South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, said two men and a woman aged between 24 and 34 were arrested in the operation.

The authorities found that the trio were allegedly dealing in rhino horns and obtained a search and seizure warrant for their house.

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Knifes at the scene

Mulaudzi said: “On arrival at the premises, an intensive search commenced, and members located a number of hunting knives in one of the three vehicles that were parked inside the yard.

“They also uncovered a sizeable amount of money inside the house.”

The images show the six rhino horns which were found by the toilet in the property, with Mulaudzi saying: “The horns are believed to be sets from three dead rhinos.”

The suspects are set to appear before Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court tomorrow (Tuesday) for illegal possession of rhino horns.

The images show the horns and the hunting knives seized in the raid.

Local media report a total of 594 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2019, down from 769 rhino in 2018.


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Story By: Alex CopeSub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash

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