Two persons, including a student, of Tourism were arrested by officials from Natural Resource Conservation Network together with Flying squad Police officials on Wednesday arrested Odeke Isaac 28 and Otekoit Justin 41 for running a racket to capture and sell endangered species of chameleons.
According to Muhindo Laban, the Media Assistant, Natural Resource Conservation Network, NRCN officials had received a tipoff recently regarding operation of a racket in the district, which has been engaged in illegal trade of endangered species like chameleons on a regular basis.
Acting on the information, a team of NRCN and Police conducted a raid and arrested the two persons.
They also seized 120 chameleons from them, which they had kept for selling to a buyer.
During investigation, it was revealed that the racket also opened a website recently in a bid to attract foreign buyers especially from Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany and Kenya.
“They have been operating on OLX website in the name of Odeke Isaac who is mentioned as the contact person on the website.”
Since the chameleons are considered as endangered species, the arrested persons are currently being detained at CPS Bukedea waiting to appear in courts of Law for Prosecutions.
Meanwhile, the arrested persons confessed that they were involved in capturing and trading chameleons since last couple of years.
They said they had been capturing the chameleons from different locations of Eastern Uganda.
They sold a chameleon at a price as high as 200,000Uganda Shillings.
They claimed that the chameleons have a medicinal value for which different buyers are interested and also work as ornamental purposes.