16 arrested in suspected wildlife smuggling ring as authorities seize 804kg of ivory along with rhino horn and bear paws
Authorities announced Monday the arrests of 16 suspected members of a smuggling ring and the seizure of hundreds of kilograms of ivory along with rhino horns and bear paws.
Police in Beijing said that as a result of a crackdown from May to August on the illegal trade and transport of wildlife products, officers netted 804 kg of ivory, 11 kg of rhino horns and 35 bear paws in a haul worth 24 million yuan (HK$29.3 million).
Beijing police said in a statement that the ivory was smuggled illegally from Japan to mainland China via Hong Kong. The 16 suspects were arrested by forest police, which investigate crimes involving wildlife, in Beijing, Hebei, Guangdong and Shandong, among other places.