Police have recovered Wildlife trophies worth over Sh5 million.
The detectives also arrested one suspect, Bakari Barisa, during the recovery yesterday afternoon, in Taita Taveta county.
“In an intelligence-led operation conducted by a joint team of Serious Crimes detectives and their counterparts from the elite Crime Research & Intelligence Bureau, the 40-year-old man has seized in Taveta township trading in pangolin scales worth Sh5 million and elephant tusks with a street value of Sh400,000.” the police said in a statement.
“Posing as well oiled unscrupulous businessmen who rule the underworld, the sleuths led the man to his waterloo before pouncing on him.”
Pangolin scales that fetch a fortune in the black market are used for spiritual protection and financial rituals, making the mammal one of the most sought after and trafficked in the world.
The suspect was taken to DCI Headquarters in Nairobi where he is being grilled before being arraigned in court.