Kenya Wildlife Task Force Makes Major Arrest in Sandalwood Trafficking Case

The Kenya Wildlife Task Force (KWTF) has achieved a significant breakthrough in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking with the recent arrest of a police officer near Nakuru. This officer was implicated in a scheme to smuggle East African sandalwood, a species banned in Kenya and protected by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). The arrest follows a series of successful operations under Operation Dik Dik, during which over 600 kilograms of sandalwood were seized in September 2023.

Acting on intelligence gathered during previous operations, officers within the KWTF identified the police officer in question, leading to his apprehension on February 3, 2024, at his residence. A thorough search of his home uncovered compelling evidence linking him to the illicit trafficking of sandalwood. However, the operation did not come without its challenges, as KWTF officers had to navigate the threat of potential ambushes by the suspect’s criminal associates while transporting him to the police station.

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