Two men were arrested in Tak’s Mae Sot district yesterday after being searched at a checkpoint at which point officers found 24 elephant tusks and 16 elephant tails concealed in their pick-up.
Taken into custody at the checkpoint in Ban Huai Ya Oo was 45-year-old Saithan Maliwan, the truck’s driver and Mahout Boonpeng Utaway, 54, who have allegedly confessed to officers that they purchased all of the items from a Myanmar man at the border.
They said they purchased the items with the intention to travel to the Northeast of the kingdom and sell the items to be made into ornaments or talismans.
Both men have been charged with possessing carcasses of protected wildlife as well as unlawful possession of elephant tusks.
Under the Elephant Ivory Tusk Act of 2015 they could now be looking at a three-year prison sentence and a fine of up to 6 million baht.
Police are interrogating the men further in an effort to identify their accomplice.
Source: The Nation
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