Eight elephant tusks confiscated
11 Dec 2016 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 11 DEC (NAMPA) The Namibian Police confiscated eight elephant tusks in the Zambezi and Kavango West regions over the past weekend.
A 51-year old man was arrested after he allegedly attempted to sell four elephant tusks to a member of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Chotto residential area of Katima Mulilo.
NamPol spokesperson Inspector Pendukeni Haikali told members of the media the incident occurred at around 13h30 on Friday.
According to Haikali, the suspect allegedly tried to sell the four tusks to a member of NamPols Protected Resources Unit, who was working undercover.
The suspect is expected to appear in the Katima Mulilo Magistrates Court on Monday, on charges of possession of special protected game products.
The total value of the tusks has not yet been established.
Meanwhile, in the Kavango East region, the police recovered four tusks near the Mashara River at Mashara village on Friday.
Haikali said NamPol received a tip-off from a member of the public that four Angolan nationals had the tusks in their possession and intended to sell it.
However, before any interaction could take place, the suspects observed movement in the bushes nearby and fled back into Angola at about 19h51, before the police could intercept them.
The suspects left the tusks behind at the scene.