- Karissa Iha was arrested in Kenya on Tuesday, 11 February with a python measuring 2.3 metres long and weighing 10 kilograms in his luggage
- The suspect was arrested after passing through a screening area and the X-ray sensor at the airport
- The suspect is being held in custody and will be arraigned on Wednesday, 12 February
A 33-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly stealing a Kenyan snake species.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Karissa Iha was arrested on Tuesday, 11 February with a python measuring 2.3 metres long and weighing 10 kilograms in his suitcase.
Police said he was arrested at the airport after the snake was detected by an x-ray sensor.
"On Tuesday, February 11, Ferry police officers in conjunction with the security team recovered a suitcase from one Karissa Iha, Giriama male adult aged 33 years containing a python snake of 2.3 metres long," the police said in a statement.
It was not clear how the man managed to handle such a dangerous snake and carried it safely in his suitcase.
It could not be established where the man was taking the reptile, although other sources claimed he might have struck a deal with foreigners to sell it to them.
The suspect was held at Ferry Police Station, Likoni sub-county in Kenya and will be arraigned on Wednesday..
"He was arrested and will be charged with the offence of dealing in a live wildlife species without permit or other lawful exemption contrary to section 95(c) of the wildlife conservation and managed Act 2013 as well as being in possession of a live wildlife species without a permit or lawful exemption contrary to section 95 (d) of the wildlife conservation management act of 2013," the police added in a statement.
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