01 Apr '11, 8am

YahooNews - Thailand seizes 2 tons of elephant tusks: Thai authorities have seized two tons of elephant tusks fr...

Thai authorities have seized two tons of elephant tusks from Africa hidden in a shipping container , the country's largest ivory seizure. Thai Customs officials displayed the haul of 247 tusks at a news conference Friday. They valued the tusks at 100 million baht ($3.3 million). Some were up to 6.5 feet (2 meters) long. Customs chief Prasong Poontaneat said investigators found the tusks stashed behind 800 boxes in a shipment labeled as frozen mackerel after putting the container through an X-ray scan at Bangkok' s Klongtoey Port on Wednesday. Poaching of elephants in central and eastern Africa has intensified in recent years, with much of the illegal ivory exported to Asia .

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