Woman arrested with Ivory in Kwale

The 88 pieces of ivory weighing 41.91Kg recovered from a woman in Kwale. PHOTO: SITA LAWRENCE.

Kwale, KENYA: Police officers in Diani Kwale County on Wednesday recovered 88 pieces of elephant tasks and arrested a woman who was alleged to be in possession of them.

The police said 88 pieces weighed 41.91 kilograms and the estimated value is sh. 2 million.

Speaking to journalists at his office, Msambweni OCPD Joseph Chebusit said that police got a tip off from residents of Nganja village who informed them that there was ivory/ elephants tasks in the suspect’s house.

“We conducted a joint operation in the area and on reaching the suspect’s house they found two sacks tied and inside them there were elephant tasks,” he said.

Chebusit noted that the tasks were cut into pieces probably for easy transportation purposes.

He said they have started investigations to bring out other culprits involved into book, since the business is believed to have a lot of networks.

“We are still holding the name of the suspect since a thorough investigation has started, we are aware that such a business is normally involved with a number of cartels so if we reveal the woman’s name then we will not be able to get hold of the other people in the business,” Chebusit said.

He applauded the public for giving information and further urged them to continue cooperating.

“We are still appealing to the public to continue working with us by giving us any suspicious information they get so as to reduce crime in Msambweni,” he said.

The suspect will be arraigned at Kwale courts after investigations are concluded.