Customs and police show off 3 tons of ivory confiscated from smugglers. Largest amount of ivory to be confiscated from smugglers in a single incident in Japan

Customs officials arrange ivory confiscated from smugglers on the floor of its container inspection center in Suminoe-ku, Osaka, on Thursday.
Customs officials arrange ivory confiscated from smugglers on the floor of its container inspection center in Suminoe-ku, Osaka, on Thursday.

2007-03-01 - OSAKA, Japan
Local customs and police officials showed the press on Thursday three tons of ivory they had confiscated from smugglers. Osaka Customs and Osaka Prefectural Police released some 608 pieces of ivory measuring 30 to 40 centimeters in length and 17,928 smaller pieces that the smugglers had intended to sell for use as seals. The ivory pieces weigh a total of three tons and are worth about 1 billion yen. The ivory is believed to have been taken from about 130 African elephants, customs officials said...

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