Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit

Operation Freshwater: UWCU Strikes Against Ivory Traffickers Reveals Corruption in Uganda’s Wildlife Trade

In a determined effort to combat illegal wildlife trafficking, the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) orchestrated Operation Freshwater, a multi-agency law enforcement initiative that led to the apprehension of three suspects attempting to sell elephant ivory. The operation reached its climax in Kanungu, where the UWCU team, after engaging in negotiations with the traffickers, successfully intercepted the illegal sale of elephant ivory, transported to the scene by motorcycle. However, the significance of this operation extends beyond the arrests, as one of the detainees includes a government official, shedding light on the troubling involvement of individuals in positions of authority in the illicit wildlife trade.

The aftermath of the arrests took an unexpected turn as the UWCU team faced threats, necessitating their secure relocation to a protected location. This unsettling development underscores the challenges faced by those on the front lines of wildlife conservation, emphasizing the need for continued efforts to address corruption within the illegal wildlife trade in Uganda.

Operation Hatfield Triumph: UWCU’s Swift Action Leads to Arrest of Elephant Ivory Traffickers

In a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU), Operation Hatfield has once again demonstrated its effectiveness by successfully apprehending two individuals attempting to sell 15.5 kilograms of elephant ivory. The UWCU team engaged with the traffickers near Kawempe, skillfully negotiating a resolution that culminated in the arrest of the suspects. While the quantity seized may be modest, the significance lies in the capture of one individual, a broker who had managed to evade arrest in previous investigations.

This operation stands as a testament to the dedication and proficiency of the UWCU team, showcasing their ability to swiftly respond to wildlife crimes. By intercepting and disrupting the illegal trade in elephant ivory, Operation Hatfield not only safeguards the majestic species but also upholds the integrity of previous investigations.

Uganda continues to arrest ivory traffickers

The Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) led an operation in Lungujja called Operation Goole where a group of 5 suspects were offering elephant ivory for sale. After a brief coverrt meeting, the arrest team mobilized however 2 males fought the officers and escaped. Three suspects were arrested and 17 kgs of ivory was seized from the traffickers.

Op Dawlish rescues live Pangolin from Traffickers

A significant multi-agency operation led by the Uganda Wildlife Crime Unit (UWCU) dubbed Operation Dawlish resulted in the seizure of a live White-bellied pangolin, along with 10 kgs. of pangolin scales from the residence of a prominent subject living in Kampala. Two subjects were arrested for attempting to sell the pangolin to the covert officers.

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