BANGKOK — Thai police said Wednesday that they have arrested two people accused of dealing in illegal African ivory, a day after an American and a Thai national were indicted in California on charges of smuggling ivory from endangered elephants into the United States.
Thai Police Maj. Gen. Misakawan Buara, commander of a division that handles environmental crimes, said the two women, Chintana Fahpratanporn and Chittima Chaiyakul, were picked up Sunday in a raid on ivory shops in Nakhon Sawan province.
Police believe the women supplied African ivory to Samart Chokchoyma, a Thai national who U.S. and Thai prosecutors say sold several pieces of ivory on eBay from September 2006 to November 2006 to Moun Chau of Montclair, California. He allegedly disguised the shipments as gifts and toys.
The women have been charged with selling and possessing illegal ivory.