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22 May 2012 11:05 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


In the largest ever seizure of tusks in Colombo, Customs officials this monring seized nearly 600 tusks of African elephants worth millions of rupees that came in two containers bound to Dubai from Kenya.

The tusks hidden in sacks filled with soil had been shipped from the Mumbasa Port in Kenya a few weeks ago.

Colombo was the transit point before heading to Dubai. Customs officials said an actual estimation of the value could not be given since there was no corresponding local price for tusks and therefore it had to be valued in US Dollars.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror an official said only one container was opened and it contained 600 tusks.

“We are yet to open the other container as well and believe the same consignment in it. But we have to open and see,” he said.

However no information has been found of any involvement of any Sri Lankan nationals in the racket.

  Comments - 7

  • Ravi Tuesday, 22 May 2012 11:35 AM

    Tusks of Ranil & Sajith, after the fight.

    Nodrog Tuesday, 22 May 2012 12:27 PM

    Thats a whole lot of dead elephants....criminal!!

    Rom Tuesday, 22 May 2012 01:14 PM

    Hope the authorities have not jump the gun in the prosses of apprehending the grass root offenders and publishing

    ajith Wednesday, 23 May 2012 03:28 AM

    Kenya>Colombo>Dubai ?????What a long way to reach Dubai!!!!

    citizen1 Wednesday, 23 May 2012 03:54 AM

    Hope our catchers (no pun intended) don't start gettting ideas.

    Sammy Wednesday, 23 May 2012 06:06 AM

    All the international culprits behind this should be punished severely, by the relevant authorities. How many elephants have lost there lives for this!

    Chapa Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:51 AM

    It's happening here also...

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