Thailand seizes 3 tons of Kenya elephant tusks
USA Today · 9 hours ago
Thai Customs Department officials display the seized elephant tusks at their headquarters in Bangkok. (Photo: Sakchai Lalit, AP) BANGKOK (AP)
The 511 elephant tusks worth $6 million, bound for Laos, were seized upon arrival Saturday at a major port in Chonburi province in eastern Thailand. The bust came after customs officials received a tip-off in Laos and Thailand and tracked the containers from Kenya, Customs Department Director-General Somchai Sujjapongse told reporters.
The ivory, hidden among tea leaves, was shipped out of Kenya on March 24 and went through ports in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore before coming to Thailand, he said.