Tak provincial police yesterday (Mar 14) arrested two wildlife traders after finding 24 elephant tusks and 16 elephant tails in their pickup truck.
The two suspects Saitarn Maliwan, 45, the driver, and his passenger
Bunoeng Uttawat, 54, a mahout, were ordered to stop for search after
their vehicle passed Huay Ya-u checkpoint in Tak.
Both confessed to the police that they bought the elephant tusks and
tails from Myanmar poachers at the border for resale to customers in the
northeastern provinces. They said the tusks were meant for home
decoration while the tails for talismans.
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