Seized Ivory May Have Come From as Many as 140 Poached Elephants
Tanzanian authorities announced on Monday that they had seized 1.4 tons of elephant tusks and arrested a group of major international ivory dealers in Dar es Salaam, the country's largest city.
The ivory was discovered in late June at a house in Kimara, a mostly upper class suburb, by officials with a specialized wildlife crime task force that is part of Tanzania’s National and Transnational Serious Crimes Investigation Unit (NTSCIU).
According to Elisifa Ngowi, the head of the NTSCIU task force, the tusks had been cut into 660 pieces, and suspects in custody allegedly revealed that the ivory was being readied for export to Vietnam and China.
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