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Contraband ivory recovered at JKIA
Date Published: 25 Jul, 2014
A consignment of contraband ivory weighing 260kg has been intercepted at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Friday.
A joint operation involving officers from Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya Airports Authority, National Police Service, National Intelligence Service and Swissport security service unearthed the 1350 pieces of worked ivory packed in 12 cartons at Swissport Cargo Service premises at JKIA.
The cargo, declared as being exhibition commodity from Nairobi Exhibition Company Limited, was disguised as wood carvings and painted black and red. The ivory was destined for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was set to be transported through Turkish Airline.
The consignment had been delivered at the airport on Thursday (July 24, 2014).
It was intercepted at the point of declaration where fake declaration forms had been filled indicating that the cartons contained live dogs.
Investigations are underway to establish the source of the ivory.