Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit’s Swift Action in Operation Ames

On Thursday, July 4th, 2024, the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) successfully led a multi-agency operation known as Operation Ames, resulting in the arrest of two suspects involved in the illegal trade of elephant ivory.

Acting on intelligence developed over several days, UWCU operatives deployed to the Wakiso District, posing as potential buyers to engage with the suspects. The suspects, who agreed to supply a quantity of ivory believed to be sourced from the Gulu Region in Northern Uganda.

During the negotiations, the ivory was verified at a business premises. Upon confirmation, the UWCU operatives initiated the arrest phase. The location was swiftly surrounded by a support team consisting of colleagues from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Uganda Police Force (UPF), ensuring a successful and safe operation.

The suspects and the 11.4 kilograms of ivory were transported to Kira Police Station in Kampala, where the ivory was examined by a UWA expert.

Operation Ames highlights the UWCU’s ability to react swiftly and decisively to intelligence, demonstrating the effectiveness of collaborative efforts in combating wildlife trafficking.

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