Four people including a Congolese were arrested on Monday after police impounded two elephant tusks weighing 25kgs, valued at kshs. 500,000, that was being ferried to Mombasa from Kangundo.
Two suspects who were ferrying the cargo were arrested at a police roadblock in Mariakani, as two others, the Congolese and an Arab, meant to receive the ivory, were arrested later in Majengo within Mombasa.
“The vehicle was intercepted at 2am last night and we found the ivory hidden within the chassis,” David Kerina, Kaloleni area police chief, told Baraka FM.
The ivory was held at the Marikani police station alongside the suspects who would be arraigned in court later that day.
The seizure came in the wake of an alarm over increased poaching in the country, with more punitive laws enacted to deal with suspects.
Security analysts have argued that proceeds from poaching may be one mode of funding for terrorist organizations including al Shabaab.
Last year major seizures of ivory on transit to overseas countries, were made at the port of Mombasa, underscoring the gravity of the poaching menace for Kenya and the east African region.