Police recover elephant tusks, suspect arrested
11 November 2013, 07:39
Samburu - Kenya's security officers in Samburu County on Sunday intercepted a consignment of elephant tusks worth millions of dollars and arrested a suspect.
The divisional police commander, Samuel Muthamia, said the trophies were seized after suspects abandoned them in the forest in an attempt to flee from pursuing security officers.
"We have embarked to increasing our patrols and surveillance and erected road blocks along the roads to stop this menace," Muthamia told Xinhua by telephone.
He said the officers managed to arrest one suspect as others fled into the bushes following the operation.
Muthamia said the poachers were transporting the trophies by foot into unknown destination when the police officer on patrol impounded them.
He said the suspects were planning to ferry the trophies from Wamba in Samburu County to Isiolo in eastern Kenya and then Nairobi.
The local police commander expects the suspect to provide information that will help break the illegal cartels in the area.
The arrest came a day after security officers discovered an elephant carcass in the county of Isiolo.
"We have intensified security patrols and intelligence in the northern circuit which is home to the famous huge-tusked elephant, " said Muthamia.