Thai police have seized 20 elephant tusks and arrested a police captain for smuggling the illegal cargo into Thailand, anti-animal trafficking sources revealed Sunday.
FREELAND Foundation, a Bangkok-based international organisation dedicated to eradicating wildlife trafficking, welcomed the seizure and arrest.
Thailand is scheduled to host the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) inBangkok in March.
On Saturday, police in Chumpon province stopped uncovered 20 elephant tusks hidden in fertilizer bags. The driver, a police captian, was arrested and charged with violating Thailand's Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act (WARPA).
Police said the suspect claimed to have been hired to smuggle the elephant tusks from Malaysia into Thailand.
The illicit trade in ivory is expected to be high on the agenda of the upcoming CITES meeting in Bangkok.//DPA