Senior Sergeant among suspects arrested in ivory possession

Feb, 2nd 2021 – A senior Sergeant, Charles Kandagor Kipkulei from the Rift Valley Regional Police headquarters is among three suspects who were arrested for ivory possession found to be worth sh8.5 million.

Kandagor and two other suspects were intercepted on Monday night following an anonymous tip-off to police in Kabarnet.

A statement from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations stated the trio were intercepted as they drove towards Oinobmoi from Barwessa in Baringo. On twitter, DCI said, “The suspects are currently being held at Kabarnet Police Station, as further investigative processes ensue.”

According to a statement by the DCI, the three were stopped as they drove towards Oinobmoi from Barwessa in Baringo. This was achieved following a report from an anonymous toll free line.

Last month, two men were sentenced to five years in prison or a fine of 1 million Ksh. each for being in possession of elephant tusks.

In the same month, Mansur Mohamed Surur, a suspected poacher was nabbed. According to a statement from the US Department of Justice, he was arrested by Kenyan authorities on the 29th of July 2020.

He was charged with illegal poaching of more than 35 and 100 rhinoceros and elephants respectively. He is alleged to be a member of an international conspiracy to traffic heroin, rhino horns and elephant ivory.

Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss said, “The excellent work of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the DEA has put an end to this operation.”

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