Kampong Thom provincial military police yesterday seized 114 wild animals being illegally transported by bus in Stoung district.
Brigadier General Hang Thol, provincial military police commander, said police also arrested the bus driver for questioning after the seizure at Samproch commune’s Slak Kranh village.
He named the suspect as Ngon Vunra, 27, living in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district.
Brig Gen Thol noted that the animals seized were 28 turtles weighing a total of 179 kiligrams, 82 snakes weighing 45 kilograms and four monitor lizards weighing eight kilograms.
“After our forces cracked down on this case of illegal wild animal transport, we sent both the suspect and evidence to the provincial forestry administration for questioning,” he said. “So please seek more information from forestry administration officials.”
Bun Sothy, provincial forestry administration chief, and Thiv Vanthy, provincial agriculture department head, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
According to an Agriculture Ministry report, authorities seized 49 kilograms of wild boar meat, 12 kilograms of roe deer meat, four live monitor lizards and a wild boar found in a trap in raids in Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri, Stung Treng, Kampong Thom and Preah Vihear provinces during the first six month of the year.
The report noted the authorities will continue to strengthen law enforcement and cooperate with relevant institutions to eradicate illegal wildlife trade in the Kingdom.