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Four nabbed in sting operation while trying to sell endangered plants worth R2 million

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Police in Springbok arrest four suspects for allegedly contravening the Northern Cape Nature Conservation Act

Picture: SAPS

POLICE officers in the Northern Cape have arrested four men after they were allegedly found in possession of endangered plant species valued at about R2 million.

Members of the Springbok SAPS Stock Theft and Endangered Species unit carried out a successful operation in the early hours of Saturday morning, which led to the arrest of four suspects for possession of endangered species, police spokesperson Brigadier Mohale Ramatseba said.

“The four suspects are aged 19, 29, 35 and 37. Three are from Kamieskroon and one is from Leliefontein, which is close to Kamieskroon in the Namakwa District,” said Ramatseba.

“It was at around 3am this morning (Saturday) when the four suspects agreed to sell endangered plants valued at about R2 million on the N7 road in the Namakwa District to members of the Namakwa Stock Theft and Endangered Species unit led by Detective Captain Karel du Toit. (The) purchase price was set at R600 000.”

Picture: SAPS

Two of the suspects were immediately arrested and their Ford Ranger bakkie was confiscated. The endangered species – conophytum pageae and concavum plants – were also confiscated.

Du Toit applauded the members of his team for their good work during the operation. 

The four suspects are expected to appear in the Springbok Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of contravening the Northern Cape Nature Conservation Act. 

“The police investigation is continuing,” Ramatseba said.

– African News Agency (ANA)