Kenya police seize 1 ton of ivory

2011-05-06 09:55

Nairobi – An official says Kenyan police have seized over one ton of illegal ivory destined for Nigeria at the country’s main airport.

Joseph Ngisa, the officer in charge of criminal investigations in the country’s airports, said they impounded 84 elephant tusks concealed in metal containers yesterday.

Ngisa said today sniffer dogs led the policemen to the containers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport’s cargo hold. He says no arrests have been made.

Officials believe Kenya is a transit point for illegal ivory smuggled to Asia from several African countries.

Last month Thailand confiscated two tons of ivory valued at US$3.3 million (about R22.3 million) that had been shipped from Kenya.

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