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Kenyan Poacher Who Made 865 Million Arraigned In US Court

ByDala News

Jun 4, 2022

A Kenyan man aged 64 has been arraigned in a New York court with charges of illegally trading in elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns for seven years.

Abubakar Mansur Mohammed Surur with accomplices — Liberian Moazu Kromah and Amara Cherif from Guinea — made at least Sh397.3 million from the sale of 190 kilograms of rhino horns and Sh467.5 million from the approximately 10 tonnes of trafficked ivory.

Diceros bicornis Black rhinoceros Portrait of a male. The species is nearing extinction because of poaching.

“In total, the estimated average retail value of the rhinoceros horn involved in the conspiracy was at least approximately $3.4 million, and the estimated average retail value of the elephant ivory involved in the conspiracy was at least approximately $4 million,” Damian Williams, US attorney for the Southern District of New York, wrote in a statement.

Documents from a New York federal court have revealed that Abubakar Mansur Mohammed Surur was part of a transnational criminal syndicate that was involved in the large-scale trafficking and smuggling of rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory.

Approximately 35 rhinoceros and 100 elephants (both endangered animal species) were killed in seven countries across Africa to provide for the horns and ivory.

New York City Supreme Court.

The illegal products were concealed in packages passed as pieces of art such as African masks and statues which were then ferried to the United States of America. The African countries from where the poaching was done were Guinea, Mozambique, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Meanwhile another Kenyan, Badru Abdul Aziz Saleh who is alleged to have ferried heroin worth millions to the US  is in custody in Nairobi awaiting extradition while an accomplice, Abdi Hussein Ahmed, is still at large with a bounty on his head of up to $1 million for his capture.

 

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