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1,600 ivory pieces hidden in sesame seeds

08 October 2013, 23:01

Nairobi — An astonishing 1,600 pieces of illegal ivory were found hidden inside bags of sesame seeds in freight traveling from Uganda to Mombasa. Officials are now counting and weighing the ivory, Newsobserver reports.

Arthur Tuda, a Wildlife Service official  informed the media on Tuesday that smugglers hid small pieces of ivory inside hundreds of 90-kilogram bags of seeds. Tuda went on to say that 1,642 pieces of ivory weighing nearly 5 tons were found by officials in two shipping containers headed for Turkey.

Tuda was adamnat that the ivory was not from recent elephant kills and also confirmed that no suspects had been arrested.

For more on this story, visit Newsobserver.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/10/08/3264384/kenya-1600-ivory-pieces-hidden.html#storylink=cpyKenya Wildlife Service official


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