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Wildlife group: Malaysia seizes record 30-ton pangolin haul

AP  |  Kuala Lumpur 

A group says Malaysian authorities have seized a record 30 tons of and products in eastern state, the biggest such bust in the country.

The monitoring network Traffic says police this month uncovered two major processing facilities, throwing a spotlight on Sabah's role in the sourcing and trafficking of the endangered scaly mammal.

police said over the weekend they had seized three refrigerated containers containing 1,800 boxes filled with frozen pangolins, another 572 frozen in separate freezers, 61 live and 361 kilograms of pangolin scales. A 35-year-old Malaysian has been detained.

Traffic said in a statement received Tuesday that in total, Sabah has been implicated in over 40 tons of pangolin smuggling since August 2017.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 10:40 IST