At least 376 suspects were arrested last year and 4,5 tonnes of ivory recovered during an operation that was conducted by the International Police (Interpol) in Africa following rampant increase of ivory smuggling on the continent.
During the Interpol-led operation code-named, Worthy II, investigations of 25 criminal groups involved in the illicit trade were also conducted. Zimbabwe has been a member of Interpol since November 13, 1980 and has been conducting joint operations with other member States to curb crimes. Police officers have also been attending training workshops organised by Interpol.
According to the Interpol website, the operation also involved law enforcement agents from Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.