A RUSAPE man, employed as a postman, and his accomplices appeared in court yesterday, after they were allegedly found in possession of a live pangolin, valued at US$5 000.
Sonny Dube, Tinashe Nguluve, Farisai Maduka and Jackson Bepe appeared before Harare magistrate, Yeukai Dzuda, who remanded them in custody to March 28.
They were advised to approach the High Court for bail considerations.
Dube and Nguluve are neighbours in Msasa Park, Harare, while Maduka and the postman Bepe, stay in Nyanga.
They are being accused of contravening Section 45 of the Parks And Wildlife Act by unlawfully possessing the protected animal.
Allegations are that on Saturday, detectives from the CID Minerals, Flora and Fauna Unit in Harare, received an anonymous tip-off to the effect that the four were in possession of a live pangolin.
They were looking for potential buyers at NSSA Headquarters in Harare.
The police were also advised the four were in a silver Honda Fit.
When the police identified the vehicle, and intercepted them, they searched the car and found a live pangolin, stashed in a brown sack, placed behind the passenger’s seat.
The gang could not produce a licence, authorising them to possess the pangolin, leading to their arrest.
Carol Mutimusakwa appeared for the State.