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URA Intercepts Three Containers Carrying Ivory and Pangoline scales

Katashumbwa displaying Ivory that was confiscated

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URA Intercepts Three Containers Carrying Ivory and Pangoline scales

Katashumbwa displaying part of confiscated Ivories

Katashumbwa displaying part of confiscated Ivories

Uganda Revenue Authority Customs department has intercepted three containers containing ivory and Pangolin scales at Elegu border post

Dickson Katashumbwa the commissioner Customs at URA while addressing Journalists at URA head offices in Nakawa said the containers were intercepted at Elegu border post when non-intrusive cargo scanners sensed something in the containers

The containers were coming from Congo to south Sudan along the Kampala south Sudan Boarder being smuggled by two Vietnamese Nationals whom he suspected to be members of trans-national organized syndicates that are smuggling goods across the world

Two vietnamese nationals L-R Nguyen Sondong and Pham Yanchien

Two vietnamese nationals L-R Nguyen Sondong and Pham Yanchien

Katashumbwa said each container was carrying 750 ivories and tones of Pangolin scales with over 400 elephants and over 1000 pangolin are expected to have been killed as they were packed in sealed tree logs and waxes.

“The smuggling is a multinational organized crime that is being carried throughout Africa by Multi nationalities “said Katashumbwa.
“The two Vietnamese caught smuggling the Ivories and Pangoline scales are Nguyen Sondong and Pham Yan Chen who are yet to be aligned in court as investigations are pending” said Katashumbwa

Pangoline scales that were being smuggled

Pangoline scales that were being smuggled

The customs chief Katashumbwa said they plan to carry out an international exhibition in Conjunction with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) where they will burn and destroy the confiscated Ivories, Pangoline scales and other smuggled goods to send a message to the Smugglers.

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