Officials FINALLY arrest ‘Queen of Ivory’ accused of smuggling 700 elephant tusks

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Yang Feng Glan leaves the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court

66-year-ancient Yang Feng Glan allegedly smuggled the tusks – worth a staggering £1.62million – from Tanzania to Asia.

It is believed Tanzania officials worked for more than a year to trace the Chinese woman. She may possibly now face up to 20 years in jail.

Glan is "the most vital ivory trafficker ever arrested in the country", according to the Elephant Action League.

Thousands of elephants are brutally killed every year for their tusks by those who participate in the sick trade.

A spokesman for the campaign group said: “She recently disappeared from Tanzania, moving to Uganda, but returned one week ago, when the task break down promptly went and arrested her.

"After confessing to many of her crimes she has been taken to the high court of Dar es Salaam facing a maximum sentence of 20 to 30 years imprisonment."

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Thousands of elephants are killed for their tusks every year

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Glad reportedly went to Tanzania in 1975 as a translator

Glan learned Swahili and went to Tanzania in 1975 as a translator when China was building a railway, the spokesman added.

She reportedly has been trafficking ivory since at least 2006, working with the most high-ranking poachers in the country and in the region.

She is said to be connected to Chinese-owned companies abroad and "circulates in the upper echelons" of Chinese citizens based in Tanzania.

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Three tonnes of illegal ivory seized by French control last year

Ivory is prized for ornamental use in China, which committed to phasing out the industry in May.

Elephant Action League co-founder Andrea Crosta welcomed the news of Glan's arrest, saying: "Finally, a high-profile Chinese trafficker is in jail.

"Hopefully, she can lead us to other major traffickers and corrupt government officials. We must place an end to the time of the untouchables if we want to save the elephants.

“Everyone she has been dealing with will now become a target for law enforcement."

Last week another Chinese woman, Li Ling Ling, was charged by the same court along with four Tanzanians with aiding the smuggling of ivory to Switzerland.

Officials FINALLY Arrest 'Queen Of Ivory' Accused Of Smuggling 700 Elephant Tusks
Officials FINALLY Arrest 'Queen Of Ivory' Accused Of Smuggling 700 Elephant Tusks
Officials FINALLY Arrest 'Queen Of Ivory' Accused Of Smuggling 700 Elephant Tusks
Officials FINALLY Arrest 'Queen Of Ivory' Accused Of Smuggling 700 Elephant Tusks
Officials FINALLY Arrest 'Queen Of Ivory' Accused Of Smuggling 700 Elephant Tusks

Officials FINALLY Arrest 'Queen Of Ivory' Accused Of Smuggling 700 Elephant Tusks

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