Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected worked ivory products at airport (with photo)

26 Sep 2015

Hong Kong Customs seized about 13 kilogrammes of suspected worked ivory products worth about $130,000 and arrested an incoming male passenger at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday (September 25).

Customs officers intercepted a suspicious male passenger at the airport in the late evening yesterday. The 27-year-old man arrived at Hong Kong from Harare, Zimbabwe via Dubai, United Arab Emirates. During Customs clearance, Customs officers found about 13 kilogrammes of suspected worked ivory products concealed in a tailor-made vest in the baggage carried by him. It was believed that the vest was intended to evade from Customs detection. The case was handed over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for follow-up investigation.

Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, convicted offenders are liable to a maximum fine of $5,000,000 and imprisonment for two year.

Ends/Saturday, September 26, 2015

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