Five men will today (Friday) appear before Maun Magistrate Court to face a possible charge of illegal possession of 18 elephant tusks.
The men whose ages range from 36- 48 were arrested following investigations into a case in which Sprint Couriers vehicle was stopped and searched at Makalamabedi veterinary gate.
Information from sources at the gate has indicated that the Sprint Couriers vehicle was stopped for a search following a tip off but the driver sped off leaving his Zambian passenger with the police.
“He offloaded those tusks at Motopi village but was arrested by Rakops police.
He forgot to sweep the back of his van and a few incriminating chips from the elephant tusks which he couldn’t explain nailed him.” said Detective Assistant Superintendent Idani Phillip Gaseitsewe.
The detective further revealed that during investigations one of the culprits led the police to Motopi river bank to exhume the buried loot.
Although he couldn’t say much more than that to avoid jeopardising the ongoing investigations, Detective Gaseitsewe identified one of the arrested people as a driver for the courier company whose van has been impounded as part of evidence in the court case.
Police suspect that the tusks were either being transported to Francistown or Nata.
The four Batswana suspects are from Gumare and Maun villages. Numerous phone calls made to Sprint Couriers went unanswered.