, NAIROBI, Kenya Jun 27 – Police have arrested six people who were found with elephant tusks worth more than Sh21 million in Nairobi’s Utawala area.
Police say they believe the 216 kilograms of ivory were being prepared for shipment to Hong Kong when they were seized.
The suspects were arrested in a two-bedroom house where they were packaging the ivory.
The Head of the Special Crimes Prevention Unit Noah Katumo told journalists that the main dealer identified as Abdinur Ibrahim was among those arrested alongside five others.
They are investigating reports that the tusks may have originated from the Meru National Park.
Also seized in the operation were a weighing machine, adhesive tape and tobacco which they were using to conceal their cargo.
Authorities in Kenya are concerned of the emerge of elephant tusks poaching which had drastically reduced due to strict enforcement.