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Detectives intercept elephant tusks worth millions

Elephant tusks weighing over 110 kilograms have been recovered in Laikipia County and one suspect identified as Alfred Gathecha, arrested.

In an intelligence led operation conducted by sleuths from the Serious Crimes unit, the 47-year-old man was arrested at Sipili area in Kirima Sub-County, after a vehicle ferrying the tusks was intercepted. 

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Posing as business men, the sleuths lured the suspect before tightening the noose around him, shortly before 1PM Wednesday.

The suspect will be arraigned in court to answer to charges of dealing in endangered wildlife species contrary to section 92(2) of the wildlife conservation and management act of 2013.

Elephant tusks fetch a fortune in the black market as a surge in demand for ivory in the East continues to fuel the illicit trade in elephant tusks, especially from Africa.

The DCI have members of the public are urged to continue volunteering information regarding poaching of wildlife via the Fichua kwa DCI through the hotline 0800 722 203.

 

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