Monday, April 27, 2015

Thailand seizes 3 tons of Kenya elephant tusks

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)
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand seized 3 tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country's history, one week after the biggest seizure, customs officials said Monday.
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.


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