A suspected Togolese ivory smuggler, Emile Edouwodzi N'bouke, has been arrested in the capital, Lome.
He was detained after 700kg (1543lb) of ivory was found at his shop by an anti-trafficking squad.
The BBC's Blame Ekoue says Mr N'bouke, known as "The Boss" in Lome, is considered by security agents to be a "kingpin" in Togo's ivory trade.
But Mr N'bouke denied any involvement in exporting illegal ivory and said he dealt in bone ornaments.
Our reporter says Togo has recently become a transit point for ivory dealers, who have begun to use Lome's harbour after finding access to other West African ports difficult.
Akoumassou Totchikpa, the head of Togo's Forestry and Fauna Commission, says most of the trafficked ivory comes from the West African sub-region, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana and Ivory Coast.
In July, customs officials in Hong Kong seized more than two tonnes of elephant tusks worth $2.2m (£1.6m) hidden in cargo from Togo.
They said it was their largest seizure since 2010, and was likely to have come from baby elephants. More....