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SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SEIZE ELEPHANT TUSKS

MAHIKENG, SOUTH AFRICA-- Police in South Africa's North West Province have confiscated six elephant tusks with an estimated street value of one million Rand (about 75,000 US dollars, believed to have originated in neighbouring Botswana.

They also found 92 pill containers with anti-retrovirals (ARV) during the raid. Acting on a tip-off, police raided a home at Itsoseng where they found the elephant tusks and medication, Police Spokesperson Lebogang Mokgothu said Wednesday.

Although police have yet to conclude their investigation, it seems the tusks are from Botswana. Each tusk has a unique number which contains a year as well as weight of the tusk. It is suspected that it could have been taken from a storage facility.

Police are also trying to trace the origins of the medication but it seems that one of the occupants of the house was working at a local government health facility.

"It raises eyebrows and suspicion. It is something that we have picked up but we don't have the details yet. We understand that it is a matter that police are handling and that is good. They need to investigate if anyone is found to have committed a crime they must be brought to book, says North West Health Department spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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