Authorities at an international airport in Nairobi on Monday arrested two Vietnamese and a Chinese for carrying products made of rhino horns and a lion tooth onboard.
The trio were from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and were heading to China through Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when they were caught.
The head of the airport’s Criminal Investigation Department Joseph Ngisa told local media that the two Vietnamese men had the illegal rhino horn bangles valued at US$780 while the Chinese man had a necklace with a lion tooth valued at $200.
"The passengers need to know that having a body part of an animal is outlawed in Kenya. They will be taken to court," Ngisa was quoted as saying.
Ivory trade is banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
Poaching in the region is on the rise as armed criminal gangs kill elephants for tusks and rhinos for horns, usually to be shipped to Asia for use in making ornaments and medicine, Kenya’s Standard Media reported.
Kenya has started using high-tech surveillance equipment and passed strict laws to fight against poaching.