LUBOK ANTU - The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC), Royal Malaysian Police and the Armed Forces announced today that a joint enforcement operation conducted in Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary in Malaysia resulted in the arrest of six suspects on March 22nd.
The suspects, who are foreign nationals, were apprehended while camping in the protected area and in possession of tools believed to be used for extraction of high-value internationally protected agarwood, prized for its aromatic qualities and is used for incense, medicinal purposes, perfume, cultural purposes and more—making it an attractive target for poachers.
Based on the enforcement team’s previous experiences, it was noted that the area where the suspects were arrested may be a hot spot for nefarious activity.
The suspects may be prosecuted for several offenses including gun possession, illegal entry into Malaysia, and illegal entry into a protected area. The enforcement team believe that they got to the site early and prevented any atrocities to wildlife.
The case has been handed over to the Forest Department, Royal Malaysian Police and Immigration Department for further action.
This protected area enforcement effort is supported by the Arcus Foundation, Fondation Segré, the Whitley Fund for Nature, and the Enlyst Fund.
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