Authorities in Singapore seized on Tuesday nearly 8.8 tons of elephant ivory and 11.9 tons of pangolin scales that were transported from Congo to Vietnam disguised as crates of timber, according to the National Parks Board.
Chinese-led organized criminal networks have turned an obscure southern port town into the world’s largest hub for ivory trafficking, according to a report published Tuesday.
The investigation has moved to Asia, say officials who coordinated the arrest last week of seven key players involved in a massive ivory smuggling operation out of Africa.
China denied Sunday accusations that two of its diplomats are involved in illegal ivory trafficking in Africa, after the President of Uganda ordered an investigation into the pair.
Malaysian authorities seized US$ 2.12 million worth of scales from pangolins, the world’s most poached animal, in what officials called Monday the country’s largest ever haul.
Thai authorities said Tuesday they have seized 422 pieces of ivory elephant tusks and arrested a Gambian national suspected of smuggling the illegal wildlife product worth some 17 million baht (US$ 482,406).
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