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DALIAN CUSTOMS SEIZES 6 IVORY TUSKS AT DAYAO BAY

DALIAN CUSTOMS SEIZES 6 IVORY TUSKS AT DAYAO BAY

23/05/2014

Dalian Evening News

Dayao customs seized a large number of ivory and ivory products.

Yesterday, our reporters learned that a large ivory haul was confiscated by the Dalian Customs at the Dayao bay from separate luggage cases. The total amount of ivory that was seized is 6 ivory tusks and 64 pieces of ivory products. All had a total of 37.87 kg. The Dayao Customs Section chief said “This consignment was coming from Japan. It had been declared to be carrying clothes, furniture and other personal daily necessities. As the custom officials were going through them, the weight of the luggage made them curious, as they thought that the products must have been so many. This made them to conduct a thorough inspection. The results showed that the ivory had been dispersed in different layers in the wooden box, the ivory had been disguised in a more subtle way and some of the ivory had been hidden within framed paintings, thus increasing the confusion.”

This is the 2nd biggest consignment of smuggled ivory and ivory articles that the Dalian Custom officials have seized in the recent past. On the first occasion, the amount of smuggled ivory and ivory products that was seized had 126 kg. Investigations into this latest seizure are ongoing.

The original article in Mandarin can be found in the following link: http://dl.sina.com.cn/news/m/2014-05-23/074930136.html

Translated by: Chris Kiarie

Huge Haul of Smuggled Ivory Came From Kenya (Cambodia)

By Khy Sovuthy and Simon Henderson, The Cambodia Daily

May 23, 2014
The three-ton haul of illegal elephant ivory seized by port officials on May 9 originated in Kenya and was then shipped through Malaysia to Cambodia in two freight containers, the chief of Sihanoukville Autonomous Port’s customs and excise department said Thursday.

The General Department of Customs held a press conference Thursday to provide the first update since May 12 on the investigation into Cambodia’s biggest ever seizure of illegal ivory. But customs officials did not mention whether the investigation had identified any person or persons responsible for the smuggled ivory, and declined to respond to questions on the identity of the smugglers.

“After investigating this case we have discovered that the 3,008 kg of ivory was transported from Kenya in Africa,” Kin Ly, the head of the Sihanoukville port’s customs and excise department, told reporters.

He explained that port authorities were alerted about the containers by the regional intelligence liaison office of the Customs Enforcement Network, a global intelligence service monitoring shipping cargo.

The containers were supposed to be carrying beans from Malaysia, but a scan after their arrival at Sihanoukville revealed a cargo of more than 500 elephant tusks.

Most of the elephant tusks smuggled through Southeast Asia are bound for Vietnam and China, which have lucrative black markets for ivory, and Bun Chiv, deputy chief of the port’s customs office, said Thursday that the final destination of the Kenyan ivory was almost certainly not Cambodia.

“Cambodia was not the destination country for this ivory,” he said.

Neither he nor Mr. Ly would answer questions regarding the shipping company that consigned the containers, Olair Worldwide Logistics, which has two office listings in Phnom Penh and one in Sihanoukville.

The company is registered with the Ministry of Commerce as having three shareholders: Seang Sokhorn, Eang Chantha and Huy Soly.

Neither the company nor the shareholders could be reached Thursday.

Korat police seize African ivory worth B20m (Thailand)

Bangkok Post
23 Sep 2013

NAKHON RATCHASIMA ― Police on Monday seized a large shipment of smuggled ivory worth an estimated 20 million baht and arrested two men who tried to bribe officers with one million baht in cash.

The tusks were found hidden in a van parked at a hotel in Muang district late in the morning and the suspects were identified as Suchart Srikaew, 35, the van’s driver, and Denchai Sriganin, 46.

A team of patrol police officers from Pho Klarng police station noticed a white Toyota van without a license plate parked outside Khok Kruat Resort in tambon Khok Kruat while going about their regular duties.

They looked through the windows of the van and found the passenger seats had been removed. In place of the seats were a large number of suspicious looking items covered by a canvas.

Officers kept the van under surveillance until Mr Suchart arrived on the scene, at which point they asked him to open the van for examination. Fifty nine pieces of ivory were found in the vehicle. National park officials estimated the tusks to be worth more than 20 million baht.

Officers said Mr Suchart offered to pay them a one-million-baht bribe. They pretended to go along with the plan and arrested Mr Denchai when he brought the cash to the hotel after being contacted by Mr Suchart.

Mr Suchart allegedly admitted that an investor paid him 30,000 baht to deliver the tusks from the Central Plains to a client in Sakon Nakhon province, where they were to be smuggled to China. Mr Denchai was allegedly offered 4,000 baht to bring the bribe money to the police.

Noppadon Prawatwilai, chief of the prevention and suppression unit at the Protected Area Administration Regional Office 7, said most of the seized items were African elephant tusks, some of which were more than two metres long, indicating that the elephants would have been up to 100 years old.

An investigation is underway to locate other suspects involved in the smuggling and the sourcing of the ivory.