Date
23 January 2017
These suspected ivory products were found in the luggage of an Ivorian man. The haul is worth about HK$260,000. Photos: Hong Kong Customs
These suspected ivory products were found in the luggage of an Ivorian man. The haul is worth about HK$260,000. Photos: Hong Kong Customs

Ivory Coast man arrested over ivory found in luggage

A 27-year-old man from the Ivory Coast has been arrested after 26 kilograms of suspected ivory products were found in his luggage.

The man arrived in Hong Kong on Saturday from Abidjan via Dubai, Ming Pao Daily reports, citing customs officials.

Officers found suspected ivory products worth HK$260,000 (US$33,530) in two false compartments in his carry-on suitcase and inside a backpack.

The arrest followed two failed attempts to smuggle ivory into Hong Kong in recent months.

Last year, authorities busted 12 smuggling operations involving HK$6.04 million worth of the banned elephant part.

Hong Kong is a signatory to CITES, the global alliance against trade in endangered species.

Offenders are liable to a HK$5 million fine and two years’ imprisonment.

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