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Thai officials seize illegal ivory at airport


August 30. 2013 4:37AM
Associated Press

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(AP) Thai officials have seized 105 kilograms (230 pounds) of smuggled ivory worth 16 million baht ($500,000) at Bangkok's international airport.


They say the haul of tusks and ivory beads was headed from Angola to Cambodia when it was found in a routine bag scan Thursday afternoon.


The deputy director-general of the Thai Customs Department, Yuttana Yimgarund, said Friday that two Vietnamese nationals were arrested on suspicion of smuggling the ivory in four suitcases.


Over the last few years, as Asian economies have grown and demand for ivory has risen, the slaughter of elephants has reached its worst level in more than two decades.


Thailand is a major transit hub and destination for smuggled tusks, which are often carved into tourist trinkets and ornaments.


Associated Press


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