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Huge contraband ivory, parrots impounded in Douala

Two hundred ivories, one hundred parrots and thousands of pangolin scales have been impounded in Cameroon by the mobile intervention group (GMI) as they were being smuggled out of the country through the commercial and economic capital, Douala.

They were seized from three alleged smugglers as they headed towards neighbouring Nigeria, police sources said on Sunday.

According to sources close to the investigation, the suspects had concealed the contrabands on a truck carrying food stocks.

In a statement shortly after the arrests, the protected animal species and their derivatives were amassed in Ebolowa in Yokadouma, south and east Cameroon respectively, before being smuggled to Douala.

The police have not yet identified the real owners of the contraband items.

The three arrested suspects are being detained at the GMI, pending their appearance in court on Monday.

They could face jail terms of between six months to three years and fines if found guilty.


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