7.8 ton elephant tusks haul seized in China

China | 15 Apr 2019 12:04 pm

Chinese customs seized 7.48 tons of smuggled elephant tusks during an operation on March 30 this year, the General Administration of Customs said in a press release today.

It is the largest seizure of smuggled elephant tusks by Chinese customs in recent years, they said. An international ivory smuggling criminal gang was uncovered during the operation.

So far this year, China has seized 8.48 tons of ivory and ivory products and 500.5 tonnes of endangered species in 182 smuggling cases involving 171 suspects, according to the press release.

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