Written by Kevin Wafula
Preliminary investigations have traced the origin of the contraband ivory recently seized in Bangkok Thailand to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Initial media reports had inaccurately claimed that the ivory originated from Kenya.
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya police and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) officials trailing the origin of the ivory seized by Thai Custom officials found that the illegal cargo was on transit from Kinshasa, DRC.
The shipment is said to have arrived in Kenya from Kinshasa, DRC on Thursday (July 12, 2012) as a transit cargo destined for Bangkok, Thailand on board KQ550. The consignee is said to have been Johnson Controls Air Express, a large freight company with registered address 78/39 Moo. 9, Tambon Pluakdaeng, Ampher Pluakdaeng, Rayong 21140, Thailand.
The 158 of ivory tusks, weighing 456 kg, was seized by Thai Custom officials on board KQ 886 on Friday (July 13, 2012) at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The tusks were packed in six wooden boxes, some of them were cut off in pieces, were declared as ‘handicraft’.