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2 held for smuggling African ivory

Two suspects were detained in January for smuggling more than 95 kilograms of ivory products  from Africa, making it the biggest ivory smuggling case at Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Customs reported yesterday.

The suspects, surnamed Yang and Zhu, are under investigation. They were caught on January 28 after customs officers found eight tusks and nearly 200 ivory products wrapped in newspaper in their luggage. The total weight was 95.82 kilograms.

Police declined to reveal the African country where the suspects bought the ivory products.

Zhu told police they took risks to smuggle the ivories because of remarkable profits. For instance, a tusk of an African elephant is sold for about 40,000 yuan (US$6,596) in Africa while it could fetch them  over 250,000 yuan in the underground market in China.

On January 6, a total of 6.1 tons of ivory and ivory products were destroyed in Dongguan city in south China’s Guangdong Province to emphasize that China strictly plans to implement the bans.



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