Uganda Seizes Ton of Ivory, Arrests 2 West African Suspects

Peace and Freedom

KAMPALA, Uganda — Ugandan authorities seized a ton of illegal ivory and arrested three West Africans they believe were plotting to ship it abroad, an official said Saturday.

The seizure happened late Friday at an “opulent, expansive house” in a suburb of the capital, Kampala, where law enforcement officials had been monitoring the West Africans for several weeks, said Gessa Simplicious, a spokesman for the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

A Liberian and two Guinea-Bissau nationals were arrested for possessing the ivory and would face criminal charges.

The ivory likely had been imported from neighboring countries such as Tanzania and Congo because it had markings not familiar to Ugandan authorities, Simplicious said.

“We are happy because Uganda will not be used anymore as a transit point” for smugglers of wildlife products, he said. Smugglers take advantage of porous borders in Africa’s Great…

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