Three men, arrested for being in possession of elephant tusks valued at R168 000 at a mall in Polokwane on Friday, have been denied bail.
David Mathonsi, 31, Raymond Move, 33, and Ben Shiburi, 36, appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Monday.
The trio was arrested in a joint undercover operation by police as they were trying to sell the tusks.
"The trio, driving in a Grey BMW, was found in possession of four pieces of elephant tusks, with an estimated value of R168 000. The suspects were immediately arrested," said provincial spokesperson Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe.
They will be back in court on 2 February.