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Chinese customs seize record smuggling ivory tusks
Seized elephant tusks are presented by Hong Kong Customs in Hong Kong October 20, 2012. Customs officers have made a record seizure of smuggled ivory - with the discovery of more than 1,200 elephant tusks and a batch of ivory ornaments worth more than HK$26 million ($3.3 million) during a joint operation with Guangdong authorities, government radio reported on Saturday. Picture taken October 20, 2012.REUTERS/Apple Daily (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO ONLINE USE. NOT FOR SALE FOR INTERNET DISPLAY. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. HONG KONG OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN HONG KONG. TAIWAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN TAIWAN. TEMPLATE OUT

Chinese customs seize record smuggling ivory tusks

BEIJING: Chinese customs seized 7.48 tonnes of smuggled ivory tusks during an operation on March 30 this year, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said in a press release Monday.

It is the largest confiscation of smuggled elephant tusks by Chinese customs in recent years, the GAC said. An international ivory smuggling criminal gang was destroyed during the operation.

So far this year, China has seized 8.48 tonnes of ivory and ivory products and 500.5 tonnes of endangered species in 182 smuggling cases involving 171 suspects, according to the press release.