Prince Albert police and the Beaufort West Stock Theft Unit arrested a 23-year-old suspect on Friday for being in possession of wild animals without documentation in terms of section 42(1) a Ordinance no 19/1974.
“Members received and followed up on information. His room at his overnight stay was then searched,” described police spokesperson, Captain FC Van Wyk.
“In his room, they found 21 scorpions, two spiders and two other insects (oorkruipers) in his closet in plastic buckets/bags.
“All the animals were still alive.”
Man arrested in Prince Albert for not having documents
Capt Van Wyk said that, however, the man could not produce any documentation or proof for the possession thereof and was susbsequently arrested.
“The animals were also seized and handed over to Nature Conservation. He is still in custody and will appear in court in Prins Albert on Monday,” he added.
“The street value of the animals were estimated at R16 000-00 the exact amount will be determined by Nature Conservation on Monday.”