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Malaysia seizes 400 kilograms of pangolin scales from Ghana

AP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

Malaysian customs officials say they have seized nearly 400 kilograms of pangolin scales worth five million ringgit (USD 1.2 million) from Ghana.

The seizure brings the total amount of confiscated pangolin scales to more than one ton in two months.

airport customs director Hamzah Sundang said officials found the scales in 16 boxes labeled oyster shells at the airport cargo warehouse yesterday based on a tip. He said today the boxes arrived from Ghana.

Pangolin scales are used in traditional medicine in parts of Asia.

Custom officials also have seized 18 rhino horns and 330 exotic tortoises at the airport warehouse since May.

Wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC has expressed concern that the seizures indicate traffickers feel they can routinely move their contraband through

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First Published: Fri, June 16 2017. 18:22 IST