2 ivory traffickers arrested with 8 elephant tusks
2 ivory traffickers arrested in the north of the country with 8 elephant tusks of very young animals. They were arrested in the act attempting to sell the contraband. They had been trafficking ivory for years, collaborating with many poachers, massacring forest elephants in central Congo and having links to Chinese traffickers.
One week later, the traffickers were swiftly prosecuted and sentenced to 3 years in prison and to pay 3,400 USD on fines and damages. This exemplary decision serves well as a deterrent in the fight against wildlife crime, an important precedence in the final stages of reconstructing the project in Congo.