Ivory dealers in court

Five suspected ivory dealers appeared at Mutare magistrate court last week facing charges of dealing in elephant tusks.

Caxton Marange (27), Linnet Domboka (36), Kennedy Mukwedeya (39), Innocent Sanhiri (38) and Lovedale Mutisi (24), all from Mutare, appeared before Mutare magistrate, Charles Murove, and were remanded out of custody to 28 September 2012 on $50 bail each.

It is alleged that on 16 September this year the five were caught unlawfully dealing in three pieces of elephant tusks that weighed 3.268kg with a value of $750.00.

Makunyire said detectives from Mutare Central police station received information to the effect that the five were in possession of the elephant tusks.

The detectives teamed up with members from the National Parks and Wildlife to stage in intervention and arrest Mukwedeya and Mutisi. He later implicated the others.

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