On Tuesday November 1st, 2022, two nationals of the Democratic Republic of Congo were sentenced before a Seattle federal court for offences relating to the trafficking of ivory, rhino horn and pangolin scales from DRC to the USA.
This is the third time that a major African wildlife trafficker has received what many to consider to be minimal sentences before United States federal courts.
In August 2022, Liberian Moazu Kromah, was sentenced to 5 years 3 months jail, including 42 months time served. He was responsible for the trafficking hundreds of tonnes of ivory and rhino horn for at least 7 years.
On October 17th, 2022, Kenyan Mohamed Mansur Surur, part of the Kromah organization, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years jail for the same wildlife offences as Kromah but including a drug trafficking charge relating to 10 kg of heroin.