TETE, MOZAMBIQUE– Mozambican police have detained a man in the western city of Tete who was found in possession of 29 elephant tusks.
The man, Adido Marcelino, 32, who is unemployed, was surprised by policemen as he attempted to sell the ivory.
We confirm that we have detained him for further investigation,” said the spokesperson for the Tete provincial police command, Lurdes Ferreira, here Thursday. He says the ivory has an owner, who gave it to him to sell.”
Marcelino was trying to sell the tusks in the Tete neighbourhood of Matando, but some of the citizens he approached called the police. The police believe the tusks must have come from 15 elephants killed by poachers recently.
Marcelino claimed he did not know the complete name of the person who told him to sell the ivory, but he has high rank and he has protection.
There’re lots of ivory coming from far away, from the Tete interior, from districts such as Zumbo, Magoe, Maravia,” he added.
Ferreira said that at the time of his arrest, Marcelino was accompanied by two accomplices, who escaped. We are working to detain them,” she added.
This is the first time this year that the police have caught somebody in Tete province with such a large amount of ivory. We shall work to find out who is the real owner of the ivory.”
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK