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A 36-year-old Zimbabwean national was arrested in Botswana for possession of two elephant tusks, police told Xinhua on Sunday.

In an interview with Xinhua on Sunday, Vincent Pitseitsile, Nata Police Station Commander, said the man was arrested recently at Nata Bird Sanctuary located in northwestern Botswana.

He said the man claimed to have found the trophies hidden in the bush at Xarekachoo cattle posts near Nata and that he picked them.

Pitseitsile, however, said upon further interrogation, the suspect informed them that he was waiting for a truck at the bird sanctuary to load the tusks, and that he was in the business of selling them.

The station commander said the accused would appear at the Nata Magistrate Court on Feb. 18 for unlawful possession of government trophies and unlawfully remaining in Botswana since it was discovered that his days to stay in Botswana had expired on Sept. 13, 2018. Enditem

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