Huge Ivory Seizure in Kenya, Two Men Arrested
A Kenyan and Tanzanian were arrested while travelling from Tanzania, believed to be headed to Nairobi.
This story from AWF and Reuters in 2009. Both accused pled guilty. To date, this is the last known conviction in a Kenyan court for a major ivory trafficking case (seizure over 500 kg).
On Saturday 25 April (2009), two men were arrested for carrying 703 kg (1,550 lb) of elephant ivory in southern Kenya. The seizure, the biggest in recent times in Kenya, was made possible thanks to the efforts by AWF-supported game scouts.The two men were traveling by vehicle in Tanzania when they were ambushed by wildlife scouts from the Amboseli-Tsavo Game Scouts Association. The smugglers fled across the Kenyan border, where they were caught and arrested by authorities tipped off by the scouts.