Police seize 249kgs ivory

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HARARE – Parks and Wildlife management authority said its joint-operation with police against ivory traffickers had led to an arrest that yielded nearly over 200kg of contraband ivory.

Police in Harare recovered 21 pieces of ivory weighing 249kg and valued at $62 250. The ivory was recovered at Rhodesville Shopping Centre on Monday at 4pm.

Caroline Washaya-Moyo, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority public relations manager, said the ivory was recovered in a Toyota Hilux truck which was carrying cabbages and oranges.

The ivory was concealed under the fruit.

“Three males, one of them a Congolese international, are helping police with investigations,” she said. “The other two are still at large.”

Seizures of contraband ivory in Zimbabwe has soared in recent months as syndicates with deep roots in the billion-dollar wildlife smuggling trade seek to feed the spike in demand among increasingly wealthy Chinese.

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