Cambodia seizes three tonnes of ivory in record haul

May 9, 2014
Cambodian customs officials are pictured with a haul of seized ivory at a port of Sihanoukville on May 9, 2014

Cambodian customs on Friday seized more than three tonnes of ivory—the country's largest-ever haul of elephant tusks—hidden in a container of beans.

The haul was made after the container was scanned at the southwestern port of Sihanoukville, said Bun Chiv, deputy head of the port's customs office.

"We confiscated more than three tonnes of that were hidden in a container of beans," he told AFP.

He declined to name where the container had been shipped from or and where the tusks were destined to go. Local media reported that the was sent from Malaysia.

"We are investigating this case," Bun Chiv added.

In February, Cambodian police arrested two Vietnamese men who were trying to smuggle nearly 80 kilograms (180 lbs) of illegal ivory from Africa.

Conservationists have voiced concerns that Cambodia is emerging as a key transit route for African ivory, which often makes its way to wealthy buyers in Vietnam or China.

Poaching of elephants has risen sharply in Africa to meet demand in Asia.

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