Gulu: Three Arrested for Wildlife Trafficking

Some of the suspects being paraded at Gulu Police station

Police in Gulu District are holding three men who were arrested with 15 kilograms of pure pangolin scales and 8 tortoises meant for sale.

Omony Denis Charles who owns a fish farm alongside his father and brother, viagra Kenneth Ojok a councilor LC3 of Akonga Parish and Chandia Justine a Boda Boda rider from Akonyebedo village all Ugandan citizens were arrested by the Police flying squad with help from the Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN).

They were netted during a transaction at the fish farm and Akonga Parish for the tortoises and pangolin scales respectively.

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The suspects came along with 15 kilograms of pangolin scales to the would-be buyers and 8 tortoises respectively.

Upon reaching an agreement, the buyer was to pay 200,000 Uganda shillings per kilogram for the Pangolin scales and 60,000 shillings per tortoise.

The suspects are currently detained at Gulu Central Police Station and a case file has been opened.

According to the Head of Legal and Prosecution at Natural Resource Conservation Network Massa Leonard, they will be charged with;Unlawful possession of wildlife, contrary to Sections 30 and 75 (b) of the Uganda Wildlife Act CAP 200, which provides for the offence of unlawful possession of protected species and the punishment is not more than 5 years imprisonment and in any case the fine must be not less than the value of the wildlife product involved.

According to the Gulu DPC Superintendent of Police Okoyo Martin, breeding tortoises without a license from UWA is illegal.

He thus urged members of the public to ensure they obtain licenses to ensure they operate legally.

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