Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority confirms that an Asian national was arrested at the Harare International Airport for illegal possession of ivory. He is 34 years old and is a truck driver in his country of origin .He was found with 17 raw pieces of ivory and several worked ivory which included bangles, chop sticks and beads weighing 113.9 kilogrammes valued at approximately US$28 250.00.Investigations further reveal that the Asian National intended to board an Ethiopian Airline destined for Malaysia. Investigations are continuing.
The Authority’s Public Relations Manager Caroline Washaya-Moyo added that Parks commends the cordial working relations that exist with other law enforcement agencies at our various ports of entry and exit who continue to work tirelessly in order to curb incidences of smuggling of wildlife products. She stressed that the current seizure and arrest should send the proper message to would be offenders.