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From Africa to UK high streets, via China: inside lucrative world of ivory smuggling

, By Cahal Milmo, THe Independent

First there were 14 shaving bowls with a tortoiseshell inlay worth £800
each. Then came the rest - 174 nailbrush handles, carvings and assorted
accessories awaiting completion in cardboard boxes with a total value of
£85,000.

It may sound like the inventory of a high-class male grooming supplier, but
these items represent part of the stockpile that is fuelling Britain's
latest thriving trade in an illegal substance - ivory.



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