Print Edition - 2017-05-09  |  World News Digest

Record haul of pangolin scales seized

KUALA LUMPUR

May 9, 2017-

Malaysian customs officers have seized more than 700 kilograms of pangolin scales, the country’s largest haul of the scales considered by some to have medicinal properties, officials said Monday. The 712kg haul worth 9,184,800 ringgit ($2.12 million) was made last week in two separate seizures. On May 2, eight gunny sacks of the scales weighing 408kg were found at a Kuala Lumpur airport warehouse. They are believed to have arrived on a flight from Accra, Ghana, which transited in Dubai. Two days later, 10 more sacks weighing 304kg were found and seized. These were supposedly on a flight from Kinshasa, DR Congo, to Nairobi, Kenya, transiting in Dubai before reaching Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian officials say they are investigating.

Published: 09-05-2017 10:00

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