•Last week, three suspects were at the weekend arrested and 23 kilograms of elephant tusks recovered from them in Nyeri.
•The three were travelling in a salon car with the tusks valued at Sh4.6 million in Witemere area
The police on Sunday arrested three people suspected of being involved in poaching.
In collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service, the police recovered 12 elephant tusks weighing approximately 50 kgs.
"The trio will be arraigned before Kabarnet Law Court," said National Police Service said in a statement.
Last week, three suspects were at the weekend arrested and 23 kilograms of elephant tusks recovered from them in Nyeri.
The three were travelling in a salon car with the tusks valued at Sh4.6 million in Witemere area when police and Kenya Wildlife Service officials intercepted the car on June 16, officials said.
After a search of the car, 12 pieces of the elephant tusks were recovered.
The three were taken to custody ahead of planned arraignment.
Officials say this is the latest such recovery amid campaigns to stop the trend.
Elephant tusks fetch a fortune in the black market as a surge in demand for ivory in the East continues to fuel the illicit trade in elephant tusks, especially from Africa.
Officials say despite a ban on the international trade in ivory, African elephants are still being poached in large numbers.
As part of efforts to stop the menace, Kenya has started using high-tech surveillance equipment, including drones, to track poachers and keep tabs on elephants and rhinos.
KWS and stakeholders have put in place mechanisms to eradicate all forms of wildlife crime, particularly poaching.
These mechanisms include enhanced community education, interagency collaboration, and intensive intelligence-led operations.