The Straits Times
Published on Dec 11, 2012

Malaysian customs seize record 24 tonnes of ivory worth $24.4m


KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysian customs have seized 24 tonnes of unprocessed elephant tusks worth almost US$20 million (S$24.4 million) , the largest haul in the country to date, officials said on Tuesday.

Some 1,500 tusks hidden in two containers were discovered by customs officials at the country's main port of Klang, in the western state of Selangor.

The tusks had been hidden within pieces of timber inside the containers, which had originated from the west African nation of Togo.

State customs director Azis Yaacub said in a statement that the cargo had been transferred from one ship to another in Spain and was believed to be headed to China.