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Kenya: A Vietnamese nabbed with wildlife products

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A Vietnamese national has been arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for illegal possession of eight lion canine teeth, three lion claws and two warthog teeth.

The illegal wildlife products were concealed inside a Thermos Flask, wrapped with foiled paper in checked-in luggage, in the hope that it would pass undetected by KWS sniffer dogs which are part of the canine unit stationed at the airport, specifically to detect contraband wildlife product on illegal transit. Other than the dogs, security personnel at the airport use scanning machines to identify any illegal products.

The Vietnamese national, Truong Trung Hieu was on transit from Liberia, on KQ 505 to Bangkok on KQ 886 via JKIA. The foreigner was booked at JKIA police station, awaiting arraignment in court tomorrow when the courts will have found an interpreter.

Reacting to the arrest, Kenya government officials said the arrest further demonstrates Kenya’s vigilance and consistent efforts to detect and arrest would-be illegal traffickers. It also confirms its commitment to adhere to CITES stringent measures.

 

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