Malaysian cop caught trying to smuggle pangolins into Thailand

The suspect admitted that the pangolins were to be sold in Thailand before being exported to China.

SONGKLA: A Malaysian policeman was today detained for allegedly trying to smuggle 47 pangolins worth more than one million baht (about RM128,000) to Thailand.

Sadao customs chief Siripong Wuttinam said the 27-year-old man was stopped for a check upon arrival at the Sadao Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex early today.

Upon checking the car, the officers found a number of sacks containing live pangolins hidden under the bonnet.

When arrested, the man failed to produce any documents and admitted that the pangolins, which were procured in Alor Setar, were to be sold in Sadao town before being exported to China.

He said the man would be charged in the Nathavi Court here tomorrow.