Tanzanian police on Sunday announced the arrest of seven people in possession of nine pieces of elephant tusks with a street value of 88,517 U.S. dollars.

The seven were arrested during a security operation in Tanzania’s eastern Morogoro region, said the region’s police commander, Wilbroad Mutafungwa.

He said two of the seven were arrested on Friday after being found with two pieces of elephant tusks.

“The pieces were found while hidden in a plastic bag,” Mutafungwa said.

The other five were arrested with seven pieces of elephant tusks, he said.

Mutafungwa said the tusks are believed to be from elephants poached in the Selous Game Reserve, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982 due to its wildlife diversity and undisturbed nature. Enditem


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