Three men arrested with elephant tusks at Otjiwarongo

30 Apr 2019 12:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 30 APR (NAMPA) - Three men were arrested on Tuesday morning after they were allegedly found in possession of four elephant tusks at a local fuel station at Otjiwarongo.
The suspects aged 29, 33, and 48, were apprehended at 06h30 on Tuesday morning.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Naukalemo Andreas, in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday said all the suspects are Namibians - two from the coastal towns and one from Otjiwarongo.
Andreas said the tusks were found cut into pieces and stashed into a sack.
“We intercepted them and seized the tusks at a fuel station where they intended to sell them to a buyer who is in town,” said Andreas.
The trio is expected to appear in the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on charges of possession of protected wildlife products and trading in protected wildlife products.
The value of the tusks is still to be determined.
Police investigations in the matter continue.