Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit’s Successful Ivory Seizure in Operation Goshen

On Thursday, June 27, 2024, a successful multi-agency operation, known as Operation Goshen, led by the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU), culminated in the arrest of a suspect involved in the illegal trade of elephant ivory. The operation resulted in the seizure of 24.6 kilograms of ivory, marking a significant victory in the fight against wildlife trafficking.

Acting on real-time intelligence, operatives from the UWCU, stationed in Kampala, swiftly responded to a tip indicating a male attempting to sell a quantity of ivory. Posing as potential buyers, the operatives engaged the suspect, who supplied 12 cut pieces of ivory at a hotel rendezvous. The location was promptly surrounded by a support team consisting of colleagues from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Uganda Police Force (UPF), leading to the successful arrest of the suspect.

The seized ivory, meticulously examined by a UWA expert, revealed that it originated from at least six different elephants. Although considered a modest seizure, this finding underscores the severe impact of poaching on wildlife populations.

This operational conclusion once again demonstrates the UWCU’s ability, in collaboration with partner law enforcement agencies, to react decisively to intelligence and mount a successful, swift, and safe operation.

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