Elephant tusks with a street value of Sh10 million were on Monday evening netted by detectives in Karampton area, Ndaragwa constituency of Nyandarua County.
According to County Police Commander (CPC) Dr Gideon Ngumi the 100 Kgs of ivory was recovered during an operation that was carried out by detectives from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) from Nairobi in conjunction with local police officers.
Dr. Ngumi said that a suspect identified as David Mwangi Ndegwa was arrested during the operation that he added followed a tipoff from members of the public.
“The KWS detectives from the headquarters had proceeded to the shopping centre in company of police officers while posing as buyers before two suspects emerged from the bush carrying four pieces of elephant tusks,” said the CPC noting that one of the suspect managed to escape.
Dr. Ngumi noted police confiscated the ivory and escorted the 42 year old suspect to Mairo-Inya police station where he is being held.
“The suspect who was arrested is being held by police and he will be arraigned in court once police are done with investigations,” said Dr. Ngumi adding that a manhunt had been launched for the suspect who escaped.
By Jesse Mwitwa