Banten Regional Police and Serang Class I Natural Resource Conservation Center (BKSDA) have made an arrest in Pandeglang, Banten, of a man known as DS (31) who was selling protected animals through social media. The authorities seized 5 Javan langurs (Trachypithecus auratus) and Javan rat deer (Tragulus javanicus) during the operation.
According to Police Commissioner Nunang Syafuddin of the Banten Regional Police Crime Investigation Directorate, the criminals had been involved in the illegal sale of protected animals in the past. The perpetrator, DS, had purchased these animals from a man named H at a price of Sh150,000 per head, and then sold them for Sh650,000 per head.
The criminals used Facebook as a platform to offer these protected animals for sale. The activities of the perpetrators had been monitored for some time, and the cooperation between the Serang BKSDA and the Banten Regional Police led to the successful arrest of the main offender.
The Serang BKSDA and Banten Regional Police are now working together to track down the couriers, receivers, buyers, and poachers involved in the illegal wildlife trade related to DS. This operation serves as a strong example to deter others from engaging in the illegal sale of protected animals, especially through online platforms.
As a result of his actions, the offender, DS, will be charged under Article 21 paragraph (2) of Law No. 5 of 1990 concerning the Conservation of Living Natural Resources and Their Ecosystems. If convicted, he could face a maximum prison sentence of 5 years and a fine of up to 10 million rupees.
Q: What animals were recovered during the arrest?
A: The authorities recovered 5 Javan langurs and Javan rat deer.
Q: How did the criminals sell these protected animals?
A: The criminals used Facebook as a platform to sell the protected animals.
Q: How did the authorities track down the criminals?
A: The Serang BKSDA sought the help of the Banten Regional Police, and they deployed an officer to pose as a buyer. When the criminal arrived, he was immediately arrested.
Q: What will happen to the offender?
A: The offender will be charged under the conservation law and could face a maximum prison sentence of 5 years and a fine of up to 10 million rupees.