Botswana authorities have reportedly arrested three Zambians and two Batswana accused of the illegal possession of elephant tusks.
The suspects were reportedly nabbed in the Ngamiland region following a tip-off. According to the State case, the five accused persons were intercepted at a veterinary checkpoint, leading to the recovery of nine elephant tusks that were stashed in the vehicle they were travelling in.
A follow-up raid of their hide-out in the Gumare communal lands led to the recovery of two more elephant tusks, two pistols of an undefined make and 82 live rounds of ammunition.
Photo by Schuyler Shepherd