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Police recover 4 elephant tusks in Tana

25 April 2013, 14:26 Alloys Musyoka

Police officers in Tana Delta district within Tana River county have arrested two suspected poachers with four elephant tusks weighing approximately 80 kilograms.

Tana Delta District police chief Richard Mukwate said police were officers acting on a tip off by members of the public.

"We received information that the two suspects were in possession of game trophies and then my officers started tracing them," he noted.

The officer added that the two who were in a saloon car defied police orders to stop after they realized that they were being traced, speeding off towards Malindi.

Mukwate said the two were later arrested at Kanagoni road block by his officers who managed to recover the game trophies from the car they were using before escorting them to Garsen police station where they are being held.

Mukwate noted that according to informers, the two suspects had bought the elephant tusks from poachers and could have been looking for a market to sell them at the time of arrest.

The officer said they suspected that the tusks were poached from elephants at the Tsavo East national Park.

"We are holding them for interrogation because we want to know exactly where they got the tusks and where they were taking them," noted the OCPD.

He said after interrogation, the suspects will be arraigned on charges of being in possession of game trophies without license.

The officers said that the information derived from the two could lead to arrest of more culprits involved in the illegal trade in the area, calling on local residents to continue working with police to ensure all suspects are brought to book.

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