Man in possession of 110Kg of elephant tusks arrested in Laikipia
man was on Wednesday arrested after he was found to be in possession of elephant tusks weighing over 110
kilograms in Laikipia County.
suspect identified as Alfred Gathecha was apprehended after the vehicle he used
to transport the tusks was impounded by police at the Sipili area in Kirima
47-year-old, who was posing as a businessman, was cornered after detectives
received a tip-off and lured the suspect into their trap.
as well-oiled businessmen who rule the underworld, the sleuths lured the
suspect before tightening the noose around him, shortly before 1 pm yesterday,”
read a statement from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
suspect is to be arraigned in court to answer to charges of dealing in endangered
wildlife species contrary to section 92(2) of the wildlife conservation and
management act of 2013.
tusks are extremely valuable on the black market due to the continued growth of
market demand for ivory in the East, particularly in Africa.
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