A 42-year-old woman is in custody after she was arrested by a multiagency security team, ferrying 250kgs of the endangered sandal wood species estimated to be worth Sh750,000.
Beth Wambui alias Ma Liam was arrested at Athi River, Kenya’s Eastern headed towards Mombasa, and the fine-grained pieces of wood recovered concealed in the trunk of her vehicle.
The aromatic tree is harvested illegally after the government outlawed its harvesting in 2007.
However, unscrupulous traders continue to uproot the tree predominantly found in Baringo and Samburu counties in the Rift Valley region.
The tree is harvested for its essential oil, which is extracted to manufacture medicines and cosmetics.
It has been listed in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened cosmetics
“The suspect will be charged with dealing in endangered wildlife species contrary to section 92(2) of the wildlife conservation and management act,” reiterated the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.