By Confidente Reporter
THREE Chinese nationals were Wednesday morning arrested at a police checkpoint in Windhoek with various rhino horn products that included bangles they tried to conceal in empty coffee tins, Confidente can reveal.
Confirming the matter, Nampol Spokesperson – Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said the trio were arrested at Kapps Farm checkpoint – on the road between Windhoek and the Hosea Kutako airport at around 11 a.m.
The trio Shikwambi added were travelling in a Volkswagen Jetta on their way to the airport when at the checkpoint they were pulled over for a routine search.
Shikwambi credited police officers on duty at the time of the arrest for their remarkable work after searching through at least three suitcases where they found various items including chocolates and coffee tins where the rhino finished products where concealed.
“The three Chinese nationals were travelling in a Volkswagen Jetta when they approached the roadblock. Their vehicle was searched and they were asked to unpack their suitcases where various items including chocolates and coffee tins were found. The police officers opened the coffee tins and found the rhino horn products, with some cut into small pieces,” Shikwambi said.
Shikwambi added that police confiscated the rhino horn products adding that a case was opened against the trio and is being investigated by Nampol’s protected resources unit.
The trio’s arrest comes barely a fortnight after another Chinese national aged 28 was arrested at South Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport with 18 rhino horns worth N$6, 6 million that were smuggled from Namibia.
The suspect had flown from the Hosea Kutako International Airport where he reportedly avoided detection, only to be arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime squad of the South African police.The horns that weighed about 43 kilograms were discovered concealed in the suspect’s travelling bags during a routine search. The man was in transit to Hong Kong. He has since appeared in the Kempton Park magistrate’s.
At the time of the man’s arrest, Namibia’s environment ministry released a statement, saying seven more rhinos were poached at the Etosha National Park this month. At the time, the ministry also said that investigations on the carcasses were underway, and the latest figures bring the total number of rhinos poached this year to 47.
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