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Thailand Seizes 500 Elephant Tusks from Kenya

David Koech | Nairobi Wire   in 
April 28, 2015

Thailand has seized three tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country’s history, customs officials said yesterday.

The 511 elephant tusks, worth $6million (£4m), which were bound for Laos, were seized upon arrival Saturday at a major port in Chonburi province in eastern Thailand.

The bust came after customs officials received a tip-off in Laos and Thailand and tracked the containers from Kenya, Customs Department Director-General Somchai Sujjapongse revealed.

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