News

Elephant Action League
20
Apr

Biggest Ivory Seizure Ever in Thailand, 4 tons from Congo

BANGKOK – (AP) — Thailand seized 4 tons of ivory hidden in bean sacks tracked from Congo in what authorities said was the biggest bust in the country’s history, customs officials said Monday.

The 739 elephant tusks, bound for Laos, were seized upon arrival at a port in Bangkok on Saturday after the authorities received a tip-off and had tracked the containers from Congo, the Customs Department’s director-general Somchai Sujjapongse told reporters.

He said that the shipment, labeled as beans, was shipped out of Congo in February and went through Malaysia before reaching the Bangkok port.

“We have been following the (shipment) for two months. Intelligence reports said ivory from Africa might be smuggled with other products to go through the Laotian border,” Somchai said.

Thailand is one of the top destinations for African ivory smuggling in Asia and could face international sanctions soon if it doesn’t show progress in combatting the problem.

Somchai said authorities believe that had the ivory worth $6 million had reached Laos, it would then have been distributed to buyers in China, Vietnam and Thailand.

http://www.newsday.com/news/world/thailand-says-it-makes-its-biggest-bust-of-elephant-tusks-1.10301969

 

Thai officers display seized ivory at Port of Bangkok headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand Monday, April 20, 2015. Customs officials in Thailand say they’ve seized 4 tons of ivory worth $6 million hidden in bean sacks in what they’re calling the biggest bust in the country’s history. Customs Department Director-General Somchai Sujjapongse says the 739 elephant tusks were bound for Laos but seized at a port in Bangkok. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) Photo Credit: APLargest ivory seizure in thailand

Leave a Reply

You are donating to : Elephant Action League

How much would you like to donate?
$10 $20 $30
Would you like to make regular donations? I would like to make donation(s)
How many times would you like this to recur? (including this payment) *
Name *
Last Name *
Email *
Phone
Address
Additional Note
Loading...

Fight Back with Us

We are former intelligence, law enforcement and security professionals.
We protect Wildlife and our Planet with intelligence-gathering operations and by investigating and exposing wildlife criminals worldwide, including poachers, traffickers, businessmen and corrupt government officials.

Elephant Action League is a hybrid non-profit organization that merges the worlds of intelligence, investigation and conservation in service of wildlife and the people who protect it.