Customs bust attempt to smuggle in African rhino horns in Malaysia.
SEPANG: The Customs Department intercepted an attempt to smuggle in some RM13.6mil worth of African rhinoceros horns - making it the first and biggest haul of the item in Malaysia.
He said 18 horns, weighing about 51.44kg, were seized after checks were carried out on a package that was flown in from Mozambique via Qatar Airways to the KL International Airport.
"We acted based on a tip off. The shipment transited in Doha prior to its arrival at our air cargo warehouse at the free trade zone.
Hamzah said the horns could be of African rhinos, given the origin of the package.
"Initial investigations found that the package was declared as 'Obra De Arte' (objects of art in Portuguese). the destination's address in Nilai is also fake," he said.
It is an offence to import horns without a permit from the Wildlife and National Parks Department.
Asked what the horns would be used for, Hamzah said they could be used for medicinal purposes.
The case is being investigated for smuggling of prohibited goods under Section 135 (1)(a) of the Customs Act 1967.
A person convicted is liable to a fine of not less than 10 times the amount of the Customs duty or RM50,000, whichever is the lesser amount, and not more than 20 times the amount of the Customs duty or RM100,000, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or both. #whenthebuyingstopsthekillingwilltoo #SupportAfricasRangers #UniteTheFight #conservation http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/10/customs-bust-attempt-to-smuggle-in-african-rhino-horns/#BG3B1I4OJo9Ss6UX.99