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Joint raid targets wild meat sellers

Pav Suy / Khmer Times Share:
Forestry and military officials weigh wild meat seized from Stung Treng town market. Supplied

A wildlife NGO joined forestry and military officials to raid Stung Treng town market yesterday, arresting a vendor caught with illegal wild meat.

Heng Kimchhav, a Wildlife Alliance officer who took part in the crackdown, said the team uncovered two cases of crimes against wildlife.

Chhaom Thida, 18, was arrested for selling a kilo of wild boar meat and 1.7kg of wild roe deer meat.

“We confiscated the meat and released her after she signed a contract promising not to do it again,” he said, adding that it was her first offence.

Mr Kimchhav said the male vendor implicated in the second case escaped.

Officers confiscated four live turtles from his stall, plus 8kg of sambar deer meat.

The suspect fled and officers gave chase but were unable to catch him.

Mr Kimchhav said all the meat was destroyed at the forestry administration while the live turtles would be released.

The Wildlife Alliance officer added that the raid was a plain-clothes operation.

The team only revealed their official badges once the suspects were identified.

Police are continuing to hunt for the vendor who escaped.

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