DAKAR, Senegal Officials in Ivory Coast said Thursday that they had broken up an international ivory-smuggling network, the second announcement of such a bust on the African continent this month.
Law-enforcement officials in Ivory Coast said they had arrested six people and confiscated more than half a ton of ivory, leopard parts and illegal firearms. The loot also contained a half of a ton of pangolin scales.
The pangolin, a mammal sometimes confused with the armadillo, has become one of the most trafficked animals. Demand for its pinecone-ish scales, made of keratin, like fingernails, has soared in China, where they are used in medicines.
The operation was carried out with help from United States officials as well as by the Eco Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement, also known as the Eagle Network, an organization that supports the enforcement of anti-wildlife trafficking laws. A photo distributed by American officials showed dozens of elephant tusks seized in the operation.
The announcement on Thursday followed another bust of ivory trafficking in Africa: Last week,...