Wildlife Crime

Press statement on the seizure of 422 African Ivories.

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On March 7, 2017, Director General of the Customs Department, Director General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, and Deputy Commissioner General of the Royal Thai Police, released a press statement on the seizure of African ivories. The press statement was held in the 3rd floor conference room of Suvarnabhumi Airport Cargo Clearance Customs Bureau. The 422 pieces of cut ivory were hidden amidst raw gemstones and colored rocks in boxes. The boxes were documented to be carrying solely raw gemstone. The seized contraband weighted a total of 330 kilograms and valued at 17 million Baht in market price. Along with the evidences, 1 suspect was turned in to Suvarnabhumi Airport Police Station for further legal procedures.