2 arrested trying to smuggle ivory trinkets, crocodile belts out of Zim

The private 'Newsday' paper says officials at Harare International Airport found the two men had stashed ivory pendants, beads and bracelets in their underpants.

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HARARE - Two Chinese men have been arrested at Harare International Airport while trying to smuggle ivory trinkets and crocodile belts out of the country in their underwear.

The two were arrested before they could board a flight to Dubai.

This was an unusual and uncomfortable way of trying to smuggle out ivory from Zimbabwe.

The private Newsday paper says officials at Harare International Airport found the two men had stashed ivory pendants, beads and bracelets in their underpants.

One of the men, 32-year-old Liu Xiao Jun, had also managed to hide crocodile belts there.

There’s no suggestion that these men had poached the ivory.

But they appear to have been aware that it’s illegal to take ivory products out of the country without a permit.