Police in Malawi’s central region of Mchinji on Monday intercepted two Zambian nationals who attempted to smuggle ivory into Malawi, authorities said.
The suspects, identified as 38-year-old John Phiri 32-year-old Julius Daka, were arrested at the Kaombe checkpoint, along the border with Zambia.
The two were nabbed following a joint operation that involved police and wildlife authorities from Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi, according to Mchinji police spokesperson Kaitano Lubrino.
The two suspects were arrested after they had already entered the country through un-chartered routes, Lubrino said.
Eight pieces of ivory, weighing 16.5 kg, were recovered from the suspects, he said. Enditem