Derek Lewitton arrested for rhino poaching in South Africa

Derek Lewitton arrested for rhino poaching in South Africa
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The public’s curiosity about Derek Lewitton, a Texas-born American citizen known for his innovative studies proposing different legal trade routes for rhino horn, has grown substantially. This interest is particularly due to recent news about him going viral. Derek, who is recognised for his commitment to wildlife conservation and his roles as a CITES specialist and legal advisor for the IWMC Wildlife Conservation Trust, is now embroiled in a scandal. This article provides the details about Derek and the trending news about him.

Derek Lewitton: Arrested Under Shocking Circumstances
In a surprising turn of events, Lewitton was arrested on his Harmony game estate in Limpopo, following the discovery of over 20 rhino carcasses. This shocking event has led to a drastic shift in public perception of Lewitton, who was previously known for his groundbreaking works on alternative legal trading pathways for rhino horns.

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The arrest was carried out by the Hawks after a thorough 16-hour investigation into Lewitton’s activities. This unexpected development starkly contrasts with Lewitton’s reputation as a conservationist, considering his past roles as the legal advisor for the IWMC Wildlife Conservation Trust and a CITES expert. The unfolding poaching case has cast a shadow over his character, leading some to question his commitment to wildlife protection. As the investigation continues, the extent of Lewitton’s involvement in the unfortunate incident becomes increasingly apparent, shedding light on the life of a formerly respected conservationist now entangled in controversy.

Unlawful Possession of Rhino Horns: Lewitton’s Downfall
During the Hawks’ raid on Lewitton’s game farm in Limpopo, it was revealed that Lewitton was in possession of rhino horns, a contravention of South African laws. Consequently, the Hawks apprehended Lewitton for having these horns without the required permits. Moreover, the discovery of 26 unaccounted-for rhino carcasses during the raid further raised suspicions about his activities.

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A significant finding was the discovery of ten unmarked rhino horns without the necessary documentation in a safe within the main farmhouse. In addition to this, the Hawks also uncovered and seized rounds of illegal ammunition and weaponry during the raid. This discovery has led to an intensified scrutiny into Lewitton’s actions and has further fuelled the public’s interest in the unfolding events.

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