There they found more than 650 dead pangolins wrapped and sealed in plastic bags which were hidden in five large freezers. The critically endangered species, as classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, is unfortunately considered to be a real delicacy in parts of Asia. It is also used in traditional medicine. The Indonesian man who was storing the pangolins was arrested. If authorities determine the man is guilty he could be facing up to five years in prison and a fine of $7,500 for breaking existing wildlife protection laws.
When asked by reporters, East Java province police spokesman Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono provided more details into the current case: “The suspect insisted the pangolins were not his, a friend asked him to store the animals because he has freezers”.