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583 ivory tusks disguised as chocolates seized

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The Macau Customs Service seized 583 elephant tusks, weighing 34 kilograms, with a market value of MOP580,000. Two South African tourists were intercepted yesterday after travelling to Macau from Hong Kong Airport. In their luggage, they were carrying 15 cartons of chocolate, but its heavy weight hinted that no chocolate would be found. Instead, 583 ivory tusks were discovered. According to TDM News, the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM) confirmed that it was in fact high-quality ivory tusks. “We tried to use pointed objects to break it. We failed because it was very hard. We tried several other methods and at last we soaked it in hot water. After soaking in water, it was easier for us to peel off the outer brown layer and discover that it was actually something white and hard,” Mak Wun Yin, from Customs Service told TDM. The two men will be referred to the Immigration Department, following the violation of regulations on endangered species.


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