Serious Crimes Unit detectives have arrested a man and recovered a significant haul of elephant tusks weighing over 110 kilograms in Laikipia County.

The suspect, identified as Alfred Gathecha, was apprehended in an intelligence-led operation conducted by sleuths from the Serious Crimes unit.

The 47-year-old was taken into custody at the Sipili area in Kirima Sub-County after authorities intercepted a vehicle transporting the illicit tusks.

In a demonstration of their expertise and cunning, the detectives disguised themselves as prosperous underworld businessmen to ensnare the suspect. Their well-executed plan came to fruition yesterday, just before 1 pm, when they successfully apprehended Gathecha.

The suspect will face charges under section 92(2) of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act of 2013, which pertains to dealing in endangered wildlife species.

His appearance in court will provide an opportunity for him to answer for his alleged involvement in this illegal activity.

The demand for ivory in the East has been steadily increasing, leading to a surge in the black market value of elephant tusks.

This rise in demand has fueled the illicit trade, especially in Africa, where elephants are primarily targeted for their precious ivory.

The recovered tusks, weighing over 110 kilograms, have an estimated value that could fetch a substantial fortune on the black market.

Law enforcement agencies continue to emphasize the crucial role played by the public in combatting wildlife poaching and related crimes. They urge individuals to remain vigilant and report any information they may have regarding poaching activities