Cambodia arrests 2 men with 80 kg of illicit ivory

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian police have arrested two men allegedly trying to smuggle almost 80 kilograms (176 pounds) of illicit ivory from Africa.

Deputy provincial police chief Um Amra said two Vietnamese men were caught Monday with elephant tusks after arriving in the northwestern town of Siem Reap on a flight from South Korea. He said the ivory was originally shipped from Angola, and the men said they planned to sell it in Vietnam. Almost all trade in ivory is banned under international agreements.

The seizure comes at a time of increased focus on the illicit wildlife trade.

More than 400 suspects were arrested in January in Asia and Africa in a crackdown by 28 nations to help curb poaching that's threatening to wipe out elephants and other species in Africa.