A rich haul of 87 contraband elephant tusks
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A rich haul of 87 contraband elephant tusks

Nairobi : Kenya | Nov 27, 2011 at 7:23 AM PST
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Thai customs officials examine seized elephant tusks

Customs authorities in Kenya have seized a real treasure of 87 elephant tusks that were being smuggled out of the country in a 20-foot container from Nairobi and headed for Hong Kong. The loot had been disguised as soapstone products meant to be shipped out as export items.

The elephant tusks were hidden in between crates of real soapstone items, wood carvings and tiles. It was the suspicion on the part of some customs officers that revealed the true picture.

The intercepted tusks were as long as the height of a normal human being and there were 87 of them in a number of crates. There were 11 wooden crates containing 25 elephant tusks and 15 cartons that held another 61 tusks.

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