French tourists arrested for alleged possession of pieces of elephant tusks

Two french tourists aged 32, and 33 years were arrested on Thursday allegedly after the police searched a vehicle they were travelling in and found two pieces of elephant tusks in the car at the Rooidag Gate check point.

Spokesperson of Namibian Police Force in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha confirmed in an interview with Nampa on Friday the arrest of the two tourists.

Mbeha said the male and female tourists were traveling from the direction of Tsumkwe towards Grootfontein at the time of their arrest.

At the Rooidag Gate Veterinary Check Point, the two tourists were stopped and their vehicle searched which led to the discovery of the prohibited and controlled game products inside their touring pick up vehicle, Mbeha said.

The two tourists were then immediately arrested and the two pieces impounded.

They are expected to appear in the Grootfontein Magistrate's Court on a charge of possession of protected and controlled wildlife products on Friday.

Police investigations continue.

Source: Namibia Press Agency