South Africa: Two Suspects Arrested for Illegal Possession of Elephant Tusks and Firearms

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Mpumalanga — Johan Cox (41) and Hendrick Bernardus Elvis (32) appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate's Court on Thursday, 05 December 2019 for illegal possession of elephant tusks and firearms in Sunriseview, Nelspruit.

The two were arrested by members of the Hawks' Wildlife Trafficking unit in conjunction with members from Nelspruit SAPS Crime Intelligence Unit on Wednesday, 04 December 2019, after information was received of two individuals who were allegedly in possession of elephant tusks.

The joint team immediately acted on the information and conducted a search a seizure operation at the suspects' premises that resulted in the seizure of six elephant tusks and five illegal firearms that were concealed inside a trailer.

Investigations are underway to determine the origin of the tusks and the confiscated firearms to establish if it were used in the commission of any crime. Elvis and Cox will appear again in the same court today for a formal bail application.

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