Three arrested for selling elephant ivory
Civil Guard agents belonging to the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) arrested three people for smuggling of protected species after elephant ivory was offered on the market for 9,000 euros.
The two men and a woman from Santa Cruz de Tenerife and El Rosario had three carved elephant tusks and also a lynx fur coat.
The investigation was carried out during the months of June and July within the framework of the Life-Guardians of Nature Project and the Spanish Action Plan against Illegal Trafficking and International Wildlife Furtivism (TIFIES).
Those arrested are accused of a crime against flora and fauna and have also been reported for violation of contraband regulations.
They could face a prison sentence of between six months and two years.
All the intervened effects have been delivered to the Customs and Special Tax police units of the Tax Administration in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for further study and assessment.