With smugglung of invory Tanzanian court sentences Chinese ‘Ivory Queen’ to 15 years for smuggling. Country imprisons Yang Fenglan, a Chinese woman known as the #’Ivory Queen’, for smuggling millions of dollars worth of tusks taken from 400 elephants.
Chinese grandmother at the centre of Tanzania’s illegal ivory trade could spend up to 15 years in prison for her role in a smuggling operation between east Africa and China.
Yang Feng Glan looks like a likely candidate to be the mastermind behind the international black market.
Authorities in the African nation say the Chinese national, who is in her sixties, was behind a smuggling syndicate worth £1.7m, transporting the animal products out of Tanzania.
Yang’s smuggling enterprise has earned her a nickname; The Ivory Queen.
The grandmother was convicted alongside two others.
The prosecution of Yang is significant, it is rare for a smuggling kingpin to be brought before the courts.