The suspect, Bereu Maliko, was arrested on Thursday at Mthumba Trading Centre following a tip-off.
He was offering the endangered animal for sale.
A police detective, under National Police Headquarters, was posing as a potential buyer in an undercover operation.
Immediately, a team of detectives from Chikwawa Police Station and Nchalo Police Post pounced on the suspect.
He has since been charged with illegal possession of specimen of listed species and dealing in government trophy.
If convicted, he is facing a maximum sentence of K15 million and 30 years imprisonment with hard labour.
Meanwhile, the pangolin has since been taken back into Majete Game Reserve where it is believed to have smuggled from.
Maliko comes from Lundu village under Senior Chief Chapananga in Chikwawa District.
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