Nearly 5 tons of ivory have been confiscated by Kenyan authorities hidden amongst sesame seeds over the past week.
The first shipment weighing 1900kgs was discovered on Friday at the Mombasa port in Kenya, following which on Tuesday a further two tons of ivory was discovered. Both shipments were bound for Turkey, wildlife officials said.
The shipment making up of over 1600 pieces of illegal ivory was concealed amongst sacks of sesame seeds in two 40 foot containers. It was noted by Arthur Tada Kenya Wildlife Service's (KWS) officer in charge of Coast region that the shipment came through the Kenya-Uganda border with export documents declaring the containers as carrying sesame seeds.
The illegal ivory was estimated to be valued at over 97 million shillings or $1.1 million. According to Reuters, a custom official had observed smugglers were now shipping the illegal material through countries normally not associated with them so as to avoid the suspicions of authorities.
Further, Kenyan wildlife officials had also stated the ivory will undergo DNA tests to ultimately determine the elephant population that was affected. The illegal ivory market is said to be worth of about $10 billion a year.
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