Merauke , Jubi ( 13/5 ) – Merauke Police said they had seized nine sacks of sea cucumbers and two sacks of bubble fish allegedly smuggled from Papua New Guinea ( PNG).
Police also detained Mr. Loy Bin Bean from Singapore and other five PNG citizens during the operation on Thursday night (8/5).
Merauke police chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sri Satyatama said that the arrest followed a tip-off from residents. When the report came in, the suspects were at Lampu Satu.
“The officers then moved to the location and with army members arrested the perpetrators and seized the sea cucumbers, ” Sri said on Friday ( 9/5 ) .
He said the case is being investigated by Merauke Police. The investigators have checked the document Mister Bean and found out that he did not have permission.
“We will check the the validity of the letter in the office, ” he said.
The smugglers will be charged with violating Act No. 16, 1992 on the Protection of Animals, Fish and Plants. (Jubi/ Frans/ Tina)