Trio arrested for allegedly intending to sell rhino horns to undercover agent
The Hawks team also seized 105 rhino horns worth millions at the suspects's hide-out house.
JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks Endangered Species Unit has arrested three men for allegedly intending to sell rhino horns to an undercover agent in Pretoria.
The trio were led to their hide-out house by undercover officials where a further three rhino horns were found and seized on Thursday.
The eight horns worth over R800,000.
Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi says the team went back to the same house as part of their ongoing investigation and found 105 rhino horns, the value of which has not yet been determined.
Mulaudzi says one of the suspects claims that those rhino horns belonged to him and he is selling them legally.
"One of the suspects has given us some documentation in that regard, but we believe that we need to make sure that those documents are authentic. At the same time, we will be taking DNA samples in order to ensure they correlate with the documentation we've received."