Authorities in Mondulkiri province and officers with the Wildlife Alliance have seized scores of wildlife meat from a vendor in Sen Monorom city, police said yesterday.
Sen Monorom deputy police chief Yen Sophoan said that his forces were invited to join the operation to seize the meat with the provincial forestry administration in order to crack down on the sale of wildlife meat on the black market.
Mr Sophoan said that the raid on the seller led to one arrest, noting that the suspect has been sent to the provincial environmental department.
“The forestry administration, along with the provincial environment department, raided a vendor for allegedly selling wildlife meat,” he said. “The operation was a joint effort between us and the provincial environmental department.”
Mr Sophoan said police seized 112 kilograms of wildlife meat of various kinds.
Provincial environmental department director Kea Sopheak declined to comment. His deputies claimed to have no knowledge of the raid.
Provincial governor Svay Sam Eang could not be reached for comment.
However, local media reported rewards were being given out to those with information leading to the arrest of poachers.
According to an unnamed police officer, the confiscated meat consisted of deer, rabbit and wild pig.
Wildlife Alliance representatives could not be reached for comment.