The Straits Times
Published on Jan 04, 2013

Hong Kong seizes huge haul of smuggled ivory from Kenya


HONG KONG (AFP) - Hong Kong said on Friday it had seized more than a tonne of ivory worth about US$1.4 million (S$1.72 million) in a shipment from Kenya, the city's third big seizure in less than three months.

Customs said they seized the 779 pieces of ivory tusk, weighing 1.3 tonnes, that were cut up and hidden in five wooden boxes along with stone plates in a container marked "architectural stones" on Thursday.

The haul was worth an estimated HK$10.6 million ($1.4 million).

"It is not very often that you see architectural stones from Kenya... (that's why) we saw this container as possibly storing high risk goods," customs official Clare Kwan told reporters.