A 42-year-old woman is in custody after she was arrested by a multiagency security team, ferrying 250kgs of the endangered sandalwood species estimated to be worth Sh750,000.
Sandalwood is a class of woods from trees in the genus Santalum. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and, unlike many other aromatic woods, they retain their fragrance for decades. Sandalwood oil is extracted from the woods for use.
Beth Wambui alias Ma Liam, was arrested at Athi river headed towards Mombasa, and the fine-grained pieces of wood recovered were concealed in the trunk of her vehicle.
The tic tree is harvested illegally after the government outlawed its harvesting in 2007aroma. However, unscrupulous traders continue to uproot the tree predominantly found in Baringo and Samburu counties.
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 Species.
The suspect will be charged with dealing in endangered wild life species contrary to section 92(2) of the wild life conservation and management act.
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