Authorities in the southeast DR Congo legal and environmental officials seized one and a half tons of elephant ivory, at one of the largest incidents in Africa in recent years.
Officials discovered the smuggled factors on board trucks in the city of Lubumbashi on Saturday, according to a law official who declined to be named that he was appropriately involved in an ongoing investigation into the business.
Police arrested five but two fled after questioning them, the official said. He also said the tow was 1.5 tons.
The origin and intended final destination of ivory remains unclear.
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Sabin Mande, a lawyer for a coalition of environmental groups, told AFP he saw 18 bags of ivory seized at the state prosecutor’s office in Lubumbashi on Wednesday.
The contraband amounts to 80 to 100 elephants killed, he said.
The seizure is one of the largest in Africa in recent years. In 2013, Kenyan officials made several seizures including one of four tons. Similarly, the Building authorities seized four tonnes of ivory over a one week period in 2014.
In 2019, Vietnamese officials found more than nine tons of elephant ivory in a cargo carrying timber from the Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, in the world’s largest recent transport.
China and Southeast Asia are major markets for African ivory, used primarily for purported medicines in traditional medicine.
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