Eastern zone anti-poaching rangers, in collaboration with the police, have apprehended four people for illegal possession of government trophies valued at over 90m/- at Kariakoo and Mwenge in Dar es Salaam.
Three of the suspects, Mr Morice Vicent alias Babuu, a resident of Kinondoni B; Mr Hassan Hassan Kitosa (Tegeta), a taxi driver and Mr Rashid Juma George (Ilala), were arrested in Kariakoo.
A statement released by the Tourism and Natural Resources spokesperson, Mr Chikambi Rumisha, said the trophies were found in a Toyota car with registration number T553 BGG.
The statement stated that after the team of rangers and police suspected the car it was inspected, uncovering the haul which included pieces of elephants tusks and numerous articles made from trophies.
According to Mr Rumisha, the inspection unearthed 34 pieces of tusks, four hippopotamus teeth and 12 lion claws. "The suspects, upon interrogation, said that another consignment was at Mwenge," the statement said.
At Mwenge the team inspected a carvings shop where they found another consignment of government trophies and went ahead to arrest the shopkeeper, Mr Isack Miulo, a resident of Kawe in the city.
However, the reported mastermind of the racket escaped the police dragnet, according to the statement. Mr Rumisha appealed for public cooperation in ensuring that poaching is eradicated.