- On January 28th, 2023, police and KWS investigators arrested a Nairobi based police officer who was looking to sell 21 kg of ivory. The arrest was based on a tip-off.
- A second suspect was arrested later in the operation. They are expected to be arraigned on Monday.
- Meru town, located between Mt. Kenya National Park and Meru National Park, has historically been a tactical location for poachers/traffickers consolidating product before transport to Nairobi or Mombasa.
Cop arrested with 21kg tusks worth Sh2.1m in Meru
by Cyrus Ombati – Chief Crime Report The Star
A police officer was at the weekend arrested over claims of trafficking elephant tusks worth Sh2.1 million.
The officer was arrested in Meru town while carrying 21 kilos of the tusks he allegedly intended to sell.
Police and Kenya Wildlife Service officials said they received a tip-off that the officer was selling the tusks. They moved in and found him carrying the tusks.
The officer, who is based in Nairobi, later led the team to another suspect in the area during the Saturday morning operation.
Note: This story has been abbreviated as it contained reports on two separate ivory trafficking arrests. The second incident occurred on January 9th, 2023.