MEDAN: North Sumatra forest rangers detained four people trading in parts of protected animals Tuesday in a covert operation in Pancur Batu district, Deli Serdang regency in North Sumatra.
One of the traders fainted when realizing that the buyers were actually forrest rangers. The other three were taken to the rangers' office in Marendal, Medan for questioning.
The rangers' operational head Palber Turnip said his office had yet to get any information from the suspects, as they refused to give any.
"However, rangers managed to confiscate evidence such as tiger fangs, skins, paws and whiskers as well as a number of bones, ivory and deer antlers," he said.
"We have been monitoring the suspects for a long time and tried to arrest them in July. But as the plan was leaked, we continued our effort with a covert operation." -- JP