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Seven in N Cape nabbed over rhino horns

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The suspects are expected to appear in court soon

A black rhino after it was de-horned in an effort to deter poaching at a farm outside Klerksdorp, in the North West , last year. Picture: Reuters

SEVEN people, including two Chinese nationals, are facing charges of dealing in and possession of rhino horns after the Kuruman Flying Squad and Stock Theft Unit found two rhino horns, with an estimated value of R600 000, in their possession.

Police spokesperson, Lieutenant Dimakatso Mooi, said yesterday that the suspects were arrested on Wednesday during routine patrols.

“Police members were doing routine patrols when they noticed two suspicious looking vehicles. They turned around to check the vehicles but one was already gone. Three people, including two Chinese men, were inside the vehicle that remained behind. The vehicle was searched and the suspects were questioned. Further investigation revealed that the occupants were allegedly dealing in rhino horns. Pictures of the horns were also found on their cellphones.

“The police immediately alerted the Vryburg police to be on the look-out for the other car while the three men, aged between 27 and 39 years, were arrested for dealing in rhino horns,” said Mooi.

Mooi said the suspects in the second vehicle were apprehended in Vryburg.

“The second car was stopped in Vryburg. Two rhino horns, with an estimated value of R600 000, were discovered inside the vehicle after it was searched. Three women and one man, aged between 35 and 50 years, were arrested for possession of rhino horns. The suspects are expected to appear in court soon.”