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Police confiscate 4.2kg of ivory from sculptor, vendor in capital raids

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Two suspects were arrested for trafficking 4.2kg of ivory in the capital’s Russey Keo district on Wednesday. FACEBOOK

Police confiscate 4.2kg of ivory from sculptor, vendor in capital raids

Phnom Penh municipal Military Police and local authorities are investigating a trafficking case involving 109 pieces of elephant ivory weighing more than 4kg after arresting two suspects last week.

The joint task force on August 25 raided two locations in Kilometre VI commune in the capital’s Russey Keo district where the ivory was found.

According to the Military Police report, the raid led to the seizure of ivory weighing 4.2kg.

At the first location, authorities found 34 pieces of ivory weighing 1.8kg in the possession of a sculptor. Eight pieces of ivory had been carved while the other 26 pieces remained untouched.

At the second location, they found 75 pieces weighing 2.4kg in the possession of a vendor.

Koam Seiha, director of the municipal Forestry Administration, told The Post that the two suspects had been sent to court along with the evidence for further legal action while the Military Police were continuing their investigation to identify other accomplices involved in the case.

“The case is currently under investigation and I cannot provide further information,” he said.

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