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Chinese man in possession of ivory, gold and 33,000 rounds of ammunition arrested in Zimbabwe

Wongai Huo, aged 51, detained in Harare after police discover processed ivory, 3 kilograms of gold and 33,000 rounds of ammunition at his office in the Zimbabwean capital

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 July, 2014, 4:36pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 July, 2014, 5:01pm
 

Zimbabwean police have arrested a Chinese man in possession of ivory, gold and large quantities of ammunition, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Wongai Huo, 51, was arrested on Tuesday with 33,000 rounds of assorted ammunition at his offices in the capital Harare, according to police spokeswoman Charity Charamba.

“We arrested him yesterday and investigations are ongoing,” Charamba told reporters.

Huo was also found with processed ivory and three kilograms of gold.

State media reported the man could have used the ammunition for poaching.

Though the man had a gun licence, the large number of rounds in his possession typically is only found in military establishments, Harare province assistant commissioner Clement Munoriyarwa told the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation.

State media reported he owned a gold mine in Harare.

In recent years, Zimbabwe has seen an influx of Chinese nationals who own business interests in the construction, mining and retail sectors.

Poachers have targeted the country’s elephants, and more than 100 animals were poisoned with cyanide last year for their ivory tusks.

 

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