17 Jul 2016 13:00pm
OTAVI, 17 JUL (NAMPA) - Three men were arrested on Friday evening with three freshly-sawn off rhino horns at a mobile police roadblock outside Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Spokesperson of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the region, Warrant Officer Maureen Mbeha confirmed the incident to Nampa on Sunday, saying they found two large rhino horns and a small one.
We arrested them at approximately 21h00 on Friday evening at about 40 kilometres west of Otavi on the Outjo-Otavi gravel road.
She said the Otavi police chased after the white Toyota double-cab in which the suspects were travelling, after it failed to stop at the roadblock.
As the police were catching up to them, one of the suspects threw out the bag of three rhino horns.
The police managed to stop the vehicle but two of the five occupants jumped out and fled on foot into the bush.
The remaining three men, including the driver, were arrested after the police searched the vehicle and found a camping tent, blankets, containers of water, tinned food, seven live bullets for a 303 hunting rifle and a loaded 9 millimetre pistol.
The police suspect the men had just returned from poaching, as the rhino horns were still fresh.
The three, aged 27, 29 and 33, are facing a charge of possession of controlled wildlife products.
They will appear in the Otavi Magistrates Court on Monday.
The vehicle was impounded.