Thai officials seize illegal ivory at airport
BANGKOK (AP) - Thai officials have seized 105kg of smuggled ivory worth 16 million baht (S$634,000) at Bangkok's international airport.
They say the haul of tusks and ivory beads was headed from Angola to Cambodia when it was found in a routine bag scan on Thursday afternoon.
The deputy director-general of the Thai Customs Department, Yuttana Yimgarund, said on Friday that two Vietnamese nationals were arrested on suspicion of smuggling the ivory in four suitcases.
Over the last few years, as Asian economies have grown and demand for ivory has risen, the slaughter of elephants has reached its worst level in more than two decades.