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DCI Arrest Man Wanted In US For Ivory Trafficking

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Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have on Wednesday July 29 arrested a man wanted in the United States for ivory related offenses.

The man known as Abubakar Mansur Mohamed was on the run and arrived in Mombasa aboard a chartered flight from Yemen on Wednesday.

He is currently under lawful custody ahead of further processing.

The 60-year-old suspect was among two others who were still at large, facing charges of conspiracy to sell rhino horns and elephant ivory valued at Ksh 74 million.

Mansur Surur, aka Mansour. Source: KahawaTungu

Mansur Mohamed Surur, a Kenyan citizen was on Tuesday, July 28, arrested by a multi-agency team in Mombasa at 1 a.m.

According to police reports, Mansur Mohamed Surur is wanted for the illegal trade of illegal rhino horns and elephant ivory.

“The holder of Passport number [WITHHELD] and Kenyan ID card no [WITHHELD] who had been flagged as wanted in the US for ivory related offences was arrested at the arrival terminals at the Moi International Airport,” reads the report.

Further, the report indicated that Manur had been handed over to Interpol in Nairobi for questioning and further action.

Interpol officers in Nairobi. Source: Interpol

According to a report by the Department of Justice in the US Attorney Office in New York in June 2019, Manur and Abdi Hussein Ahmed, also a Kenyan citizen, were charged in an indictment for participating in a conspiracy to traffic in rhinoceros horns and elephant ivory, both protected wildlife species, valued at more than $7 million (approximately Ksh754 million).

The conspiracy involved the illegal poaching of more than approximately 35 rhinoceros and more than approximately 100 elephants.

Other than illegal poaching, the two were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 10 kilograms of heroin.  

“The alleged enterprise, responsible for the illegal slaughter of dozens of rhinos and more than 100 elephants, was as destructive to protected species as it was lucrative,” reads the report.

Surur’s suspected transactional criminal activities are said to have been in Uganda and surrounding countries.

The ivory rhino horns are said to have come from various African countries including Uganda, DR Congo, Guinea, Kenya, Mozambique, Senegal and Tanzania.

They were then sold to buyers in United States and some countries in South-East Asia.

In terms of payment, they are alleged to have received and deposited payments from foreign customers that were sent in the form of international wire transfers, some which were sent through US financial institutions, and paid in cash.

A police station in Mombasa. Source: The Standard

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