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Woman arrested with 40kg of elephant tusks in Kwale

Some of the elephant horns confiscated from poachers. The ivories stacked at Kenya Wildlife Headquarters stores. [Photo: James Mwangi]

Police in Kwale County on Friday impounded 41.9 kilogrammes of elephant tusks worth about Sh2 million.

Also arrested in connection with the ivory haul was a woman said to be dealing with tusks. The trophies were netted at a homestead in Ganja village, Msambweni Sub-county.

Last year police also arrested four people who are still facing charges at a Mombasa court for being in possession of ivory.

Msambweni OCPD Joseph Chebusit said police got a tip off from the public who informed them that there were elephant’s tusks in the woman’s house.

The tusks were cut into pieces and stuffed in sacks perhaps for easier transportation.

“We conducted an operation and on reaching the suspect’s house we found two sacks stuffed with the trophies,” he said.

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The police could not immediately establish the destination of the ivory and investigations are on.

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