Indonesia arrests suspected rare animal smuggler
Police in Indonesia say they have arrested a man suspected of being part of a ring that poaches and trades in endangered animals.
National police spokesman Col. Boy Rafli Amar said Thursday that the man identified only as Feri was arrested Tuesday at his house in Jakarta's Depok suburb.
Police believe he is a taxidermist. They seized at least 25 stuffed animals including 14 Sumatran tigers, a lion, three leopards, three bears and a tapir from his house. They also found two sacks full of tiger pelts and the heads of a tiger and three deer.
The suspect faces up to five years' imprisonment and a fine of up to nearly $11,000.
Indonesia has 400 Sumatran tigers. They are on the brink of extinction due to rapid deforestation and poaching.