SANDAKAN: A foreigner, without any documents on his self was caught in the waters off Sandakan with 3,000 turtle eggs worth about RM4,800 early Friday.
Marine police who intercepted a pump boat found 10 plastic bags containing 3,000 turtle eggs, which is believed to have been smuggled from the Philippines for the local market here.
Sabah marine police chief, Assistant Commissioner Mohd Yazib Abdul Aziz said the suspect, a 40-year-old Filipino, was on a pump boat heading towards Kampung Forest when marine police officers saw him.
“The officers at first saw an object in the water. As they approached it, they saw that it was a pump boat,” he said in a statement Friday.
Police gave chase when the suspect tried to flee in the 3.30am incident.
“Our men intercepted the pump boat and detained the suspect, who did not have any documents with him,” ACP Yazib said.
Investigations are continuing under the Wildlife Rehabilitation Enactment 1997.