Police in Kangari, Murang’a County, have seized 100 kilograms of elephant tusks and arrested four suspects.
Martin Mungai Nginya, 58, Peter Macharia Njuguna, 32, Edward Mwambura Kamau, 55 and 43-yr-old Samuel Njuguna Mwirigi were found in possession of 19 pieces of tusks.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the ivory has an estimate value of KSh10 million.
“A multi-agency team christened ‘Interpol Usalama 7’ which has been pursuing the notorious syndicate ambushed the suspects in two separate motor vehicles parked strategically ready for transaction,” says DCI in a statement.
The vehicles were a Toyota Allion registration number KBT 660T, and a Toyota 100 registration number KAP 374V.
“The Special Service Unit-led team confiscated the forbidden cargo stashed at the Toyota 100 boot in two sacks guised as loads of cabbages,” adds DCI.
Police say investigations are continuing and they hope to arrest more suspects and dismantle the poaching syndicate.