KOTA KINABALU: Two foreigners were arrested on Saturday (Nov 17) for trespassing and stealing mangrove tree bark in a forest reserve in Beluran.
The Filipinos, both in their 30s who did not possess any valid documents, were found with around four tonnes of bark worth an estimated RM52,000.
Battalion 20 (Beluran) General Operations Force (GOF) in a statement said the seizure was made at 5pm on Nov 16 at Sungai Sugut, Sg Paitan and Pulau Jambongan Mangrove Forest Reserve.
The Tiger Platoon, a team from the Batallion 20, as well as an officer from Pitas Forestry Department went to the location based on a tip-off and discovered the two suspects stripping the bark from the trees.
“Upon further inspection, there were four piles of barks from the Tengar species of mangrove, with each pile weighing around a tonne.
“The team apprehended the men and seized the items including three small wooden boats,” they said.
The suspects and the seized goods were brought to Beluran police station for further action.