Shocking; Chinese trafficker arrested with 340 tusks and 65 rhino horns in Mozambique

At least 235 animals would have been killed to gather that amount of horns and ivory.

MOZAMBICAN police seized a record haul of ivory and rhino horn at a house in the southern city of Matola, arresting a Chinese national found with 340 elephant tusks and 65 rhino horns, O Pais newspaper reported.

Police raided the house on Tuesday and found the tusks and horns, some of which had fresh blood on them and were almost certainly the result of poaching, the newspaper quoted police spokesman Emidio Mabunda as saying.

 At least 235 animals would have been killed to gather that amount of horns and ivory.

The haul of 1,160 kilogrammes (2,560 pounds) of ivory and 124 kilogrammes of rhino horn is valued at more than $19 million and the largest ever seized in the southern African country, the newspaper reported.

Some of the ivory was processed, packed and ready for export, it cited Mabunda as saying.

A second Chinese national was arrested Wednesday after offering police a bribe of about $34,000 to drop the case against the first suspect and release him, daily newsletter MediaFAX reported.

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