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2 Arrested With 49 Kilos of Ivory in Government Car

The suspects, with their contraband

Police in Amudat District with help from Natural Resource Conservation Network (NRCN) has arrested two people who were found with 49.1kg of ivory.

The suspects were moving the contraband worth about Shs. 19.6 million in a Local Government Double Cabin Hilux Pick-up Number LG 0084-52.

Samuel Lokwale 27, view and Edis Labatir, 32, a local pastor were arrested mid transaction

Labatir alleged that his Pokot Pastor friend from Kenya gave him the ivory to find market in Uganda.

One Joshua Lokapel, working with the district – who is on the run — is said to have availed suspects with the government vehicle from the Chief Administrative Officer, which they used to collect the package from across the border.

The suspects have since been transferred to Kampala Central Police station where they will be further interrogated and arraigned before court.

According to the Natural Resource Conservation Network Head of Legal and Prosecution Leonard Massa, the three will be charged with Unlawful possession of a protected species and Conspiracy to commit a felony.

C/ASP Steven Niregire, the OC Station Amudat CPS says they have for a long time heard about illegal trade in ivory in the area, but had never arrested anyone.

He says most of the ivory in Amudat came from across the border in Kenya.

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