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Five suspected plant poachers arrested

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The Garies police arrested five men on charges of being in illegal possession and transportation of protected plants.

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THE GARIES police arrested five men on charges of being in illegal possession and transportation of protected plants.

Police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said Sergeant JH de Waal and Constable JH Isaacs, with the assistance AgriForum members and local farmers, searched a suspicious-looking vehicle near Garies on April 22, at about 12.10am.

“The vigilant team noticed a bag tossed out of the vehicle by the suspects and this resulted in the confiscation of 2,060 Conophytum plants,” said Kock.

He added that the police also confiscated four cellphones and the Toyota Etios that was allegedly utilised in the commission of the crime.

The acting district commander for Namakwa, Colonel Schalk Andrews, commended the team for their “professional and relentless efforts in eradicating poaching of protected plants in the cluster”.

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