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Hong Kong officials seize ivory valued at $1 million

Posted Jun 11, 2014 by Walter McDaniel
A group of smugglers tried to get a whopping 32 cases of luggage filled with ivory through Hong Kong customs. They were caught and lost $7.9 million HK in smuggled ivory, the equivalent of $1 million USD.
A view of the Hong Kong skyline.
A view of the Hong Kong skyline.
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The seizure reveals that there is a thriving black market for materials such as ivory in the region. Smugglers apparently take smaller, private flights to avoid suspicion. Policing each one of these small flights is a very taxing job. It can often be an impossible one if there are enough flights going through an area during days with poor visibility.
According to officials the bust happened due to an unexpected stop on the ride of the smugglers. "They definitely wanted to skip Hong Kong. But unfortunately their flight broke down,"according to Ng King-hong of Hong Kong customs in a Yahoo report. We would guess the smugglers were quite stressed when they realized they would have to try to sneak it by customs.
Officials are going to destroy the seized materials to keep them from making their way back into black markets. Seizures have been going up in the area and recent records indicate that 30 tons of ivory was seized in one huge operation.
The fact that elephant ivory has been outlawed for so long has made the valuable material soar in price. There is no simple solution to that so travelers should be aware that there are some dangerous smugglers.