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China seizes 2,700 ivory tusks in massive smuggling case

AP  |  Beijing 

has seized more than 2,700 tusks in what customs authorities are calling the country's biggest case in years.

announced Monday that it confiscated nearly 7.5 tons (6,803 kilograms) of on March 30.

Authorities said the illicit goods came from an international criminal group that has been for some time. Twenty suspects are now in custody.

Since the start of the year, customs officers have seized a total of 8.5 tons (7,711 kilograms) of through 53 investigations.

An additional 129 cases involved the of other endangered animal products, such as shark fin and turtle shells.

has cracked down on smuggling in recent years and implemented in 2018 a total ban on all trade in

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 20:25 IST