He said that the shipment, labeled as beans, was shipped out of Congo in February and went through Malaysia before reaching the Bangkok port.
“We have been following the [shipment] for two months. Intelligence reports said ivory from Africa might be smuggled with other products to go through the Laotian border,” Somchai said.
Thailand is one of the top destinations for African ivory smuggling in Asia and could face international sanctions soon if it doesn’t show progress in combating the problem.
Somchai said authorities believe that if the $6 million worth of ivory had reached Laos, it would then have been distributed to buyers in China, Vietnam and Thailand.
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