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Ivory smuggling busted at Hac Sá Beach
The Customs Service on Sunday busted the biggest ivory smuggling since the handover, involving an approximate value of MOP 10 million and seized pieces weighing about one tonne. However, no arrests were reported, local media reported yesterday.
The ivory was seized in a joint operation with the Guangdong Border Defence Bureau and it was found on the shoreline of Hac Sá Beach near the Westin Resort. The Customs Service spokesperson told reporters that apparently the smuggled ivory was put there for a pick-up boat.
The police seized 36 packs of raw ivory wrapped in nylon bags weighing between 20 and 37 kilos each. It also included eight ivory tusks, some measuring about two metres, and there were two boxes containing a total of 15 pieces of carved ivory, most of them Buddha statues.
The customs officials also confiscated at least two speedboats used by smugglers. The spokesperson said the smuggled goods were likely destined for the mainland China market.
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