A Muzarabani man is in the dock after being found in possession of a live pangolin which he intended to sell for US$2 000.

Solom Chigonde, 39, of Chikuyo village under Chief Kasekete was arraigned before Guruve Magistrates Court for possession of a pangolin.

Chigonde appeared before Magistrate Shingirai Mutiro who remanded him in custody to July 24.

The state led by Albert Charehwa alleges that on the 8th of July members of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) together with police officers received a tip off that Chigonde and his three accomplices who are still at large were selling a live pangolin in Ruziva village, in Muzarabani.

Investigating officers purporting to be buyers called Chigonde for negotiations before agreeing on US$2 000.

The accused called some of his accomplices and they all agreed to sell the pangolin.

Chigonde led the investigating officers to his hut where he produced the pangolin inside a sack weighing 2.9 kilogrammes  valued at US$5 000.

The police detail identified themselves leading to his arrest.