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Contraband ivory seized at Mombasa port

Date Published: 09 Jul, 2013
Contraband ivory seized at Mombasa port

The 119 gunny bags containing double or single pieces of Ivory seized at the port of Mombasa.

A container full of ivory disguised as groundnuts has been seized on Monday (July 8, 2012) at the Port of Mombasa, thanks to inter-agency collaboration between the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Police and Kenya Revenue Authority.  

The ivory weighing 3287.21kilogrammes comprised of 382 whole pieces and 62 cut pieces. The consignment had been declared as 240 bags of groundnuts.

Two other containers are lined up for verification.

The contraband cargo was destined for Malaysia just like the one seized last week. Preliminary reports indicate that a total of 119 gunny bags had been used to wrap either a single or double pieces of ivory. 

Together with the ivory inside the container were unprocessed groundnuts in gunny bags.


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